Multifunctional Treatment in Residential and Community Settings (MultifunC)

Note: The Multifunctional Treatment in Residential and Community Settings (MultifunC) program was not responsive to the CEBC's inquiry. The following information was obtained from publicly available sources.

About This Program

Target Population: High-risk juvenile criminals

Program Overview

MultifunC focuses on high-risk juvenile criminals. The treatment includes a short residential stay followed by support to the families after the residential stay (e.g., aftercare). The program focuses on the juvenile, school, leisure time, friends, and the family or parents. The goal is both to reduce behavior problems (e.g., criminal activity), to make them succeed in school and society, and to reduce time in residential setting or institution.

Logic Model

The program representative did not provide information about a Logic Model for Multifunctional Treatment in Residential and Community Settings (MultifunC).

Manuals and Training

Publicly available information indicates there is a manual that describes how to deliver this program, and there is some training available for this program.
See contact info below.

Relevant Published, Peer-Reviewed Research

Child Welfare Outcome: Child/Family Well-Being

Andrée Löfholm, C., Olsson, T. M., & Sundell, K. (2019). Effectiveness and costs of a therapeutic residential care program for adolescents with a serious behavior problem (MultifunC). Short-term results of a non-randomized controlled trial. Residential Treatment for Children & Youth. 37(3), 226–243.

Type of Study: Pretest–posttest study with a nonequivalent control group (Quasi-experimental)
Number of Participants: 80


  • Age — 15–17 years
  • Race/Ethnicity — Not specified
  • Gender — 50% Male
  • Status — Participants were youth in a residential facility with a medium high or high risk for reoffending.

Location/Institution: Sweden

Summary: (To include basic study design, measures, results, and notable limitations)
The purpose of the study was to assess the efficacy of Multifunctional Treatment in Residential and Community Settings (MultifunC). Measures utilized include the Youth Self-Report and the Self-Report Delinquency Scale (SRD). Participants were placed in either MultifunC or treatment as usual (TAU). Results indicate that after 24 months, youth participating in MultifunC had a reduced need for residential care in a locked setting as well as out-of-home placement in general compared to youth in the TAU group. The economic analysis found MultifunC to be a cost-effective alternative to TAU due to the reduced need of residential care in locked settings. There were no significant effects on reoffending or psychiatric care. Limitations include the lack of randomization, small sample size, and reliance on self-reported data.

Length of controlled postintervention follow-up: Varies.

Additional References

No reference materials are currently available for Multifunctional Treatment in Residential and Community Settings (MultifunC).

Contact Information

Tore Andreassen

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: March 2023

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: March 2020

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: April 2020