Implementation outcomes of multidimensional family therapy-detention to community: A reintegration program for drug-using juvenile detainees

Howard A. Liddle, Gayle A. Dakof, Craig Henderson, Cindy Rowe

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Abstract

Responding to urgent calls for effective interventions to address young offenders' multiple and interconnected problems, a new variant of an existing empirically-validated intervention for drug-using adolescents, Multidimensional Family Therapy (MDFT)-Detention to Community (DTC) was tested in a two-site controlled trial. This article (a) outlines the rationale and protocol basics of the MDFT-DTC intervention, a program for substance-using juvenile offenders that links justice and substance abuse treatment systems to facilitate adolescents' postdetention community reintegration; (b) presents implementation outcomes, including fidelity, treatment engagement and retention rates, amount of services received, treatment satisfaction, and substance abuse-juvenile justice system collaboration outcomes; and (c) details the implementation and sustainability challenges in a cross-system (substance abuse treatment and juvenile justice) adolescent intervention. Findings support the effectiveness of the MDFT-DTC intervention, and the need to develop a full implementation model in which transfer and dissemination issues could be explored more fully, and tested experimentally.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)587-604
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology
Volume55
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2011

Keywords

  • implementation outcomes
  • juvenile detainees
  • Multidimensional Family Therapy-Detention to Community

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Applied Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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