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Child Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am. 2010 Jul;19(3):563-76. doi: 10.1016/j.chc.2010.03.008.

Multidimensional family therapy: addressing co-occurring substance abuse and other problems among adolescents with comprehensive family-based treatment.

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Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Center for Treatment Research on Adolescent Drug Abuse, 1120 North West 14th Street, Miami, FL 33136, USA.


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.

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