Theory Development in a Family-Based Therapy for Adolescent Drug Abuse

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Family-based treatments for adolescent drug abuse and related behavior problems have been developed and evaluated with success. Empirical support exists for the efficacy of family-based treatments, and process studies have begun to identify mechanisms by which these treatments may achieve their effects. This article discusses theory and related clinical refinements in a contemporary family-based intervention, multidimensional family therapy. Expansions in the theoretical basis of the model are discussed. I highlight 2 aspects of the theory evolution process, resulting in a sharper clinical focus on intrapersonal development and on adolescents' and families' functioning vis-à-vis influential extrafamilial ecologies of development.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)521-532
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology
Volume28
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 1999

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Family Therapy
Substance-Related Disorders
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Theoretical Models
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  • Clinical Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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Theory Development in a Family-Based Therapy for Adolescent Drug Abuse. / Liddle, Howard A.

In: Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, Vol. 28, No. 4, 01.12.1999, p. 521-532.

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