Mother Daughter Dyadic Therapy Reduces Recidivism in Delinquent Adolescents
McKey, Carolyn J.
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This study of female adolescent delinquency focuses on the role of mother daughter dyadic therapy (MDDT) on recidivism. Over the course of 6 months, participants (n= 1 06) were treated with MDDT, with a Motivational Interview trained, Master's level psychologist, one hour per week. Communication activities were used to enhance mother daughter problem solving. The activities also encouraged active listening. Each MDDT session ended with the assignment of a new activity for the mother and daughter to do before the next therapy session. Participants in the control group completed their most recent probation sentence which included meeting with their probation officer (PO) 2 times a month. The mothers in the control sample reported over the phone to their daughter's PO bi-monthly, regarding their daughter's progress. Additionally, researchers reviewed participants' delinquent record of offenses, found in the Colorado Department of Juvenile Justice, and the participants' school reports to detect any abnormalities. MDDT was predicted to reduce recidivism and increase supportive relationships between the delinquent adolescents and their mothers.