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Comparison of Family Therapy Outcome With Alcohol-Abusing, Runaway Adolescents.

NCJ Number
Journal of Marital and Family Therapy Volume: 3 Issue: 35 Dated: 2009 Pages: 255-277
Date Published
23 pages

This study evaluated two treatment programs for alcohol-problem, runaway adolescents and their families. 


This study recruited primary alcohol problem adolescents (N=119) and their primary caretakers from two runaway shelters and assigned them to (a) home-based ecologically based family therapy (EBFT), (b) office-based functional family therapy (FFT), or (c) service as usual (SAU) through the shelter. Findings showed that both home-based EBFT and office-based FFT significantly reduced alcohol and drug use compared with SAU at 15-month post-baseline. Measures of family and adolescent functioning improved over time in all groups; however, significant differences between the home- and office-based interventions were found for treatment engagement and moderators of outcome. (publisher abstract modified)

Date Published: January 1, 2009