Changes in parenting practices and adolescent drug abuse during multidimensional family therapy

Susan E. Schmidt, Howard A. Liddle, Gayle A. Dakof

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Abstract

The nature and extent of changes in parenting and the link between parental subsystem changes and reduction in adolescent substance abuse and problem behaviors were examined in a sample of 29 parents and their drug-abusing adolescents. Participants completed 16 sessions of multidimensional family therapy. Over two thirds of the parents showed moderate to excellent improvement in parenting. Chi-square goodness-of-fit analyses revealed a statistically significant association between improvement in parenting and reduction in adolescent drug use and behavior problems. Results of this exploratory study provide qualified support for a fundamental tenet of family therapy - that change in the parental subsystem is related to improvement in the problem behavior of adolescents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)12-27
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Family Psychology
Volume10
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1996

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  • Psychology(all)

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