Methods of engagement in family-based preventive intervention

Dana Becker, Aaron Hogue, Howard A. Liddle

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Family-based prevention programs have shown promise in preventing drug use and antisocial behavior in high-risk youth. Multidimensional family prevention (MDFP) is an intensive, family-based counseling program in which a family-specific prevention agenda is crafted with each family. This collaborative, individualized approach to intervention requires a high degree of engagement on the part of families. The main challenges of engagement are discussed, and the main features of an engagement strategy are described: capturing the interest of the family and assessing risk and protective factors within the specific ecological context of the family in order to create a working agenda for preventive intervention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)163-179
Number of pages17
JournalChild and Adolescent Social Work Journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2002


  • Engagement in family-based prevention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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