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Multidimensional Family Therapy (MDFT)

Description:

Family-based outpatient/day treatment program for substance-abusing adolescents, adolescents with co-occurring substance use/mental disorders, and those at high risk for continued substance abuse and other problem behaviors

Helps the youth develop more effective coping/problem-solving skills for better decision-making

Helps the family improve interpersonal functioning as a protective factor against substance abuse and related problems

Delivered across a flexible series of 12 to 16 weekly or twice weekly 60- to 90-minute sessions

Study Populations:

6-12 (Childhood), 13-17 (Adolescent)

Asian, Black or African American, Hispanic or Latino, White, Race/ethnicity unspecified

Adaptations: Some program materials have been translated into Spanish. Training materials have been translated into Dutch, with additional translations underway into French, German, and Russian.

Outcomes:

1. Substance use

2. Substance use-related problem severity

3. Abstinence from substance use

4. Treatment retention

5. Recovery from substance use

6. Risk factors for continued substance use and other problem behaviors

7. School performance

8. Delinquency

9. Cost effectiveness

© Doreen A. Cavanaugh, Ph.D. November 12, 2009

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