Family-Based Treatments for Adolescent Substance Use

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Adolescent substance use is a major risk factor for negative outcomes, including substance dependence later in life, criminal behavior, school problems, mental health disorders, injury, and death. This article provides a user-friendly, clinically focused, and pragmatic review of current and evidence-based family treatments, including multisystemic therapy, multidimensional family therapy, functional family therapy, brief strategic family therapy, ecologically based family therapy, family behavior therapy, culturally informed flexible family treatment for adolescents, and strengths-oriented family therapy. Outcomes, treatment parameters, adolescent characteristics, and implementation factors are reviewed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)603-628
Number of pages26
JournalChild and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1 2016


  • Behavioral interventions
  • Evidence-based treatment
  • Externalizing problems
  • Family therapy
  • Substance use

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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