Motivation - Adaptive Skills -Trauma Resolution (MASTR) therapy for adolescents with conduct problems: An open trial

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Citation: Greenwald, R. (2002). Motivation - Adaptive Skills -Trauma Resolution (MASTR) therapy for adolescents with conduct problems: An open trial. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, and Trauma, 6, 237-261.


Abstract

Trauma is proposed as a key to understanding the development and persistence of adolescent conduct problems, in conjunction with other contributing factors. A trauma-focused individual therapy approach is presented as one example of how this population might be more effectively treated. This approach features motivational interviewing, self-control training, and trauma resolution, and integrates eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR). This chapter reports on an open trial of 6 adolescents with school and conduct problems who received school-based MASTR treatment. Reductions in post-traumatic stress, related symptoms, and problem behaviors, along with improved school performance, indicate the value of further study of this treatment approach.