Year: 1997 Source: Journal of Clinical Child Psychology, v.26, no.3, (September 1997), p.226-233 SIEC No: 20010845

This article describes initial barriers experienced during the pilot study of a randomized trial, funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, conducted in a field setting, & the strategies used to overcome these barriers. The randomized trial examined home-based multisystemic therapy as an alternative to the psychiatric hospitalization of youths presenting psychiatric emergencies. The pilot study illuminated the interface of treatment & services research issues, prompting significant changes in the project’s clinical procedures, organization, & supervisory processes, as well as in the project’s interface with existing community resources for serving youths with serious emotional disturbances. (19 refs.)