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(p. 97) Moderators and Mediators of Treatments for Youth Who Show Externalizing Problem Behavior 

(p. 97) Moderators and Mediators of Treatments for Youth Who Show Externalizing Problem Behavior
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(p. 97) Moderators and Mediators of Treatments for Youth Who Show Externalizing Problem Behavior
Author(s):

Maja Deković

and Sabine Stoltz

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780199360345.003.0005
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date: 21 October 2019

This chapter begins with a brief definition of externalizing problems, providing an overview of developmental trajectories and the most important factors that play a role in the development and maintenance of such problems. Next, it describes the theoretical background, assumptions, and approaches of two evidence-based treatments for these problems: behavioral and cognitive-behavioral parental training (PT) and multisystemic therapy (MST). Subsequent sections present some illustrative examples of studies that have examined moderators (child, family, and treatment characteristics) and mediators (negative discipline, positive discipline, and quality of parent-child relationship) of the effects of PT and MST. Finally, it identifies gaps in current knowledge regarding how, for whom, and under what circumstances these treatments produce their effects, and offers suggestions for future research.

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