Topic: Multiproblem Approaches (Child & Adolescent)

Scientific Ratings in this topic:

1 - Well-Supported by Research Evidence

2 - Supported by Research Evidence

3 - Promising Research Evidence

4 - Evidence Fails to Demonstrate Effect

5 - Concerning Practice

NR - Not able to be Rated

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Definition for Multiproblem Approaches (Child & Adolescent):

Multiproblem Approaches (Child & Adolescent) are defined by the CEBC as mental health interventions that were developed specifically to address multiple disorders within one problem area (i.e., different anxiety disorders) or to address multiple problem areas (i.e., anxiety and depression). While many mental health interventions are designed for one specific disorder or problem, youth with behavioral health needs often have problems in more than one area. Studies have shown that up to 80% of youth seeking mental health treatment have multiple mental health disorders. In addition, for youth with multiple mental health disorders, their treatment needs may shift during care, with changes in problem severity, functioning, or external factors leading to changes in what is the most pressing need on any given day. Multi-problem approaches, also called “transdiagnostic” or “modular” approaches, are designed to be flexible enough to address multiple disorders in a single intervention.

  • Target population: Youth with a diagnosis of a mental health disorder, or with elevated mental health symptoms, as demonstrated by a standardized screening or assessment tool
  • Services/types that fit: Outpatient services, including individual, group, or family services
  • Delivered by: Mental health professionals
  • In order to be included: Program must specifically target multiple mental health disorder as a goal
  • In order to be rated: There must be research evidence (as specified by the Scientific Rating Scale) that examines mental health-related outcomes, such changes in symptom levels, behaviors, and/or functioning.

Programs in this Topic Area

The programs listed below have been reviewed by the CEBC and, if appropriate, been rated using the Scientific Rating Scale.

One Program with a Scientific Rating of 1 - Well-Supported by Research Evidence:

One Program with a Scientific Rating of 2 - Supported by Research Evidence:

Two Programs with a Scientific Rating of 3 - Promising Research Evidence:

Four Programs with a Scientific Rating of NR - Not able to be Rated:

Topic Expert

Lucy Berliner, MSW
Former Director
Harborview Abuse & Trauma Center
Seattle, WA


Benjamin Saunders, PhD
Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Medical University of South Carolina
Charleston, South Carolina