School Performance

Studies show that Multidimensional Family Therapy (MDFT) clients show significantly greater decreases in disruptive school behaviors and absences, as well as higher grades, than youth in comparison treatments.

The National Dropout Prevention Center, which promotes programs that contribute to student success and dropout prevention, lists MDFT as a Model Program.



  1. Liddle, H. A., Rowe, C. L., Dakof, G. A., Henderson, C. & Greenbaum, P. (2009). Multidimensional Family Therapy for early adolescent substance abusers: Twelve month outcomes of a randomized controlled trial. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 77(1), 12-25. doi: 10.1037/a0014160
  2. Liddle, H. A., Dakof, G. A., Parker, K., Diamond, G. S., Barrett, K., & Tejeda, M. (2001). Multidimensional Family Therapy for adolescent substance abuse: Results of a randomized clinical trial. American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 27(4), 651-688.
  3. Riverside County Department of Mental Health, Research & Evaluation (2015). Multi-Dimensional Family Therapy: Full service partnership outcomes report. Riverside, CA: Riverside County Department of Mental Health.