Research review: Effekt av flerdimensjonal familieterapi som behandling av ungdom med flere typer atferdsproblemer: Metaanalyse

Research Review: The effectiveness of multidimensional family therapy in treating adolescents with multiple behavior problems - a meta-analysis

van der Pol, T. M. Hoeve, M. Noom, M. J. Stams, G. Doreleijers, T. A. H. van Domburgh, L. Vermeiren, R.
BACKGROUND: Multidimensional family therapy (MDFT) is a well-established treatment for adolescents showing both substance abuse and/or antisocial behavior. METHOD: The effectiveness of MDFT in reducing adolescents' substance abuse, delinquency, externalizing and internalizing psychopathology, and family malfunctioning was examined by means of a (three-level) meta-analysis, summarizing 61 effect sizes from 19 manuscripts (N = 1,488 participants). RESULTS: Compared with other therapies, the overall effect size of MDFT was significant, albeit small in magnitude (d = 0.24, p < .001), and similar across intervention outcome categories. Moderator analysis revealed that adolescents with high severity problems, including severe substance abuse and disruptive behavior disorder, benefited more from MDFT than adolescents with less severe conditions. CONCLUSIONS: It can be concluded that MDFT is effective for adolescents with substance abuse, delinquency, and comorbid behavior problems. Subsequently, it is important to match specific characteristics of the adolescents, such as extent of impairment, with MDFT.

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Type of intervention

Treatment and Child Welfare Interventions


Mental Health Problems and Disorders

Behavior Problems

Antisocial Behaviors

Emotional Problems

Depression and Depressed Mood

Anxiety Problems

Anxiety and Anxiousness

Drugs and Gambling

Illegal Drugs


Psychological Treatments

Family Therapy

Age group

Adolescents (13-18 years)

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