Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review

, Volume 3, Issue 4, pp 269–298

Family-Based Therapy for Adolescent Drug Abuse: Knowns and Unknowns

Authors

  • Timothy J. Ozechowski
    • Center for Treatment Research on Adolescent Drug Abuse (M711), Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesUniversity of Miami School of Medicine
  • Howard A. Liddle
    • Center for Treatment Research on Adolescent Drug Abuse (M711), Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesUniversity of Miami School of Medicine
Article

DOI: 10.1023/A:1026429205294

Cite this article as:
Ozechowski, T.J. & Liddle, H.A. Clin Child Fam Psychol Rev (2000) 3: 269. doi:10.1023/A:1026429205294

Abstract

Family-based therapy is one of the most thoroughly studied treatments for adolescent drug abuse. Considerable empirical support exists for the efficacy of family-based therapy in curtailing adolescent drug use and cooccurring behavior problems. This article extends knowledge of the effects of family-based therapy for adolescent drug abuse by reviewing 16 controlled trials and 4 therapy process studies from a treatment development perspective. We articulate “knowns and unknowns” regarding the outcomes of treatment as well as the components, processes, mechanisms, moderators, and boundaries of effective family-based therapy for adolescent drug abuse. The review highlights areas of progress and future research needs within the specialty of family-based therapy for adolescent drug abuse.

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