Brief structural/strategic family therapy with African American and Hispanic high-risk youth

Daniel A. Santisteban, J. Douglas Coatsworth, Angel Perez-Vidal, Victoria Mitrani, Michele Jean-Gilles, José Szapocznik

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Brief Strategic/Structural Family Therapy was implemented as an indicated prevention intervention to reduce the likelihood that African American and Hispanic youth initiated drug use. The intervention was designed to impact two important risk factors for initiation, namely behavior problems and poor family functioning. One hundred twenty-two youth, 12-14 years of age and exhibiting behavior problems, were assigned within a basic one-group pretest/posttest/follow-up design. The first important finding was that the prevention intervention was effective in significantly modifying both high-risk factors, reducing behavior problems [F(2, 120) = 32.92; p < .000] and improving family functioning [F(1, 121) = 41.8; p < .000]. A second important finding was that both high-risk variables targeted were statistically significant predictors of initiation nine months later. A third important finding was that for a small subset of youth who entered the program already using, overall use was significantly decreased [t(22) = 2.11, p < .05].

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)453-471
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Community Psychology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology


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