Brief Strategic Family Therapy for Adolescent Drug Abusers

2014-08-27 03:53:58 | BioPortfolio


The purpose of this study is to compare Brief Strategic Family Therapy (BSFT) for Adolescent Drug Abusers to treatment as usual (TAU).


Adolescent drug abuse continues to be one of the most pressing public health issues in the United States—our nation's teenagers continue to use illicit drugs at a worrisome rate. Broad reviews of the treatment outcome literature indicate that family interventions in general, and Brief Strategic Family Therapy (BSFT) in particular, are effective with drug using youth. This study is designed to compare BSFT to treatment as usual (TAU). The researchers believe that BSFT will be much more effective than TAU in reducing adolescent drug use. They will also examine which of these treatment approaches does a better job of engaging adolescents and family members in treatment, decreasing problem behaviors, decreasing sexually risky behaviors, increasing pro-social activities (e.g., school, work), and improving the functioning of the family.

Study Design

Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Single Blind (Subject), Primary Purpose: Treatment


Substance Abuse


Brief Strategic Family Therapy For Adolescent Drug Abusers, Treatment as Usual


La Frontera Center
United States




National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Results (where available)

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