Multidimensional Family Therapy: Addressing Co-occurring Substance Abuse and Other Problems Among Adolescents with Comprehensive Family-based Treatment

Cynthia L. Rowe

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Adolescent substance abuse rarely occurs without other psychiatric and developmental problems, but it is often treated and researched as if it can be isolated from comorbid conditions. Few comprehensive interventions are available that effectively address the range of co-occurring problems associated with adolescent substance abuse. This article reviews the clinical interventions and research evidence supporting the use of Multidimensional Family Therapy (MDFT) for adolescents with substance abuse and co-occurring problems. MDFT is uniquely suited to address adolescent substance abuse and related disorders given its comprehensive interventions that systematically target the multiple interacting risk factors underlying many developmental disruptions of adolescence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)563-576
Number of pages14
JournalChild and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1 2010



  • Adolescent substance abuse
  • Co-occurring disorders
  • Delinquency
  • Families
  • Multidimensional Family Therapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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