Family Functioning

Multidimensional Family Therapy (MDFT) reduces family conflict, increases family cohesion, and improves parenting skills to a greater extent than standard alternative treatments.

MDFT has the highest possible rating for scientific support from the California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare (CEBC), and was rated an exemplary program by the Strengthening Families Project.



  1. Schmidt, S. E., Liddle, H. A., & Dakof, G. A. (1996). Changes in parenting practices and adolescent drug abuse during Multidimensional Family Therapy. Journal of Family Psychology, 10(1), 12-27. doi: 10.1037/0893-3200.10.1.12
  2. Henderson, C. E., Rowe, C. L., Dakof, G. A., Hawes, S. W., & Liddle, H. A. (2009). Parenting practices as mediators of treatment effects in an early-intervention trial of Multidimensional Family Therapy. American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 35, 220-226. doi: 10.1080/00952990903005890