Brief strategic family therapy: Engaging drug using/problem behavior adolescents and their families in treatment

José Szapocznik, Monica Zarate, Johnathan Duff, Joan Muir

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Despite the efficacy of family-based interventions for improving outcomes for adolescent behavior problems such as substance use, engaging and retaining whole families in treatment is one of the greatest challenges therapists confront. This article illustrates how the Brief Strategic Family Therapy model, a family-based, empirically validated intervention designed to treat children and adolescents' problem behaviors, can be used to increase engagement, improve retention, and bring about positive outcomes for families. Research evidence for efficacy and effectiveness is also presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)206-223
Number of pages18
JournalSocial Work in Public Health
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - May 1 2013



  • adolescent
  • engagement
  • family
  • Family therapy
  • substance use

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health(social science)

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