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Home > Multidimensional Family Therapy (MDFT) for young people in treatment for illicit non-opioid drug use. Protocol.

Skovbo Rasmussen, Pernille and Lindstrøm, Maia and Kowalski, Krystyna and Filges, Trine and Klint Jørgensen, Anne Marie [Campbell Systematic Reviews] . (2011) Multidimensional Family Therapy (MDFT) for young people in treatment for illicit non-opioid drug use. Protocol. Coventry: The Campbell Collaboration. 63 p.

URL: http://www.campbellcollaboration.org/library.php

This is a protocol for an ongoing review. It contains useful definitions and information.

Multidimensional Family Therapy (MDFT) has evolved over the last twenty years and is a manual-based, family-oriented treatment, designed to eliminate drug use and associated problems in young people (Liddle, 1999; Liddle, 2002; Liddle et al., 2009).

MDFT is one of many Family Therapy forms that meet the general characteristics of manual-based Family Therapies as it deals with young people and their families as a system throughout treatment, and thereby recognizes the important role of the family system in the development and treatment of young people’s drug use problems.

This review will specifically explore the family-based intervention Multidimensional Family Therapy (MDFT) as aggregated evidence for MDFT’s effects is needed. The review seeks to clarify the effects of the MDFT program for relevant groups of young people age 11-21 living with their family. The review focus is on young people enrolled in treatment for drug use, independent of how their problem is labeled. Enrolment in treatment indicates that the severity of the young person’s drug use has caused a significant adult close to the young person (teacher, parent, social services worker, school counselor, etc.), or the young person themself to seek treatment. The intervention in focus is MDFT delivered as outpatient treatment and the review will focus primarily on non-opioid drugs use, but will consider poly-drug use if relevant. This review will be one in a series of reviews on different manual-based family therapy interventions for young people in treatment for drug use.


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