Adolescent Substance Abuse and Family Therapy Outcome

A Review of Randomized Trials
  • Holly B. Waldron
Part of the Advances in Clinical Child Psychology book series (ACCP, volume 19)


Family therapy as a treatment for substance abuse was embraced in community mental health agencies and other clinical settings in the 1970s and came to be viewed as a viable treatment alternative for many at-risk populations, including adolescents (Coleman & Davis, 1978; Kaufman & Kaufman, 1992). In the clinical literature, the importance of family-based interventions for substance abuse has remained widely accepted (Craig, 1993), and family therapy is frequently implemented with adolescent abusers (cf. Selekman & Todd, 1991). As in the broader family therapy literature, however, treatment approaches have been derived primarily from theories of family functioning and clinical experience, rather independently from research (Bry, 1988), and with little attention to systematic evaluation.


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  • Holly B. Waldron
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of New MexicoAlbuquerqueUSA

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