Treatment techniques and outcomes in multidimensional family therapy for adolescent behavior problems

Aaron Hogue, Sarah Dauber, Jessica Samuolis, Howard A. Liddle

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Abstract

The link between treatment techniques and long-term treatment outcome was examined in an empirically supported family-based treatment for adolescent drug abuse. Observational ratings of therapist interventions were used to predict outcomes at 6 and 12 months posttreatment for 63 families receiving multidimensional family therapy. Greater use of in-session family-focused techniques predicted reduction in internalizing symptoms and improvement in family cohesion. Greater use of family-focused techniques also predicted reduced externalizing symptoms and family conflict, but only when adolescent focus was also high. In addition, greater use of adolescent-focused techniques predicted improvement in family cohesion and family conflict. Results suggest that both individual and multiperson interventions can exert an influential role in family-based therapy for clinically referred adolescents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)535-543
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Family Psychology
Volume20
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2006

Keywords

  • Adolescent substance abuse
  • Behavior problems
  • Family therapy
  • Multidimensional family therapy
  • Process-outcome research
  • Treatment techniques

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Psychology(all)

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