Intervention Summaries & Guides


 Developmental Research & MDFT

Liddle, H. A. (2013). Multidimensional Family Therapy for adolescent substance abuse: A developmental approach. In P. Miller (Ed.), Interventions for addiction: Comprehensive addictive behaviors and disorders, volume 3. San Diego, CA: Academic Press.

Liddle, H., Rigter, H. (2013). How developmental research and contextual theory drive clinical work with adolescents with addiction. Harvard Review of Psychiatry, 21(4), 200-204. doi: 10.1097/HRP.0b013e31829aaa6b

Liddle, H. A., & Rowe, C. L. (2003). Multidimensional Family Therapy for adolescent drug abuse: Making the case for a developmental-contextual, family-based intervention. In D. W. Brook & H. I. Spitz (Eds.), The group psychotherapy of substance abuse (pp. 275-292). Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Association Press.

Rowe, C. L, Parker-Sloat, B., Schwartz, S., & Liddle, H.A. (2003). Family therapy for early adolescent substance abuse. In S. Stevens and A. Morral (Eds.), Adolescent substance abuse treatment in the United States: Exemplary models from a national evaluation study (pp. 105-132). New York, NY: Hawthorn Press.

Liddle, H. A., Rowe, C.L., Diamond, G. M., Sessa, F., Schmidt, S., and Ettinger, D. (2000). Toward a developmental family therapy: The clinical utility of research on adolescence. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 26, 485-500.

Liddle, H. A., Rowe, C. L., Dakof, G. A., & Lyke, J. (1998). Translating parenting research into clinical interventions for families with adolescents. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 3, 419-443. doi: 10.1177/1359104598033007


General Overviews of MDFT

Rigter, H. (2017). Treating cannabis-dependent adolescents with family therapy: The case of Multidimensional Family Therapy. In: Preedy V (Ed.), The handbook of cannabis and related pathologies (pp. 1047-1055). London: Academic Press, 2017, pp. 1047-1055.

Liddle, H. A. (2016). Multidimensional Family Therapy. In Tom Sexton & Jay Lebow (Editors), Handbook of Family Therapy. NY: Routledge.

Liddle, H. A. (2016). Multidimensional Family Therapy: Evidence base for transdiagnostic treatment outcomes, chance mechanisms, and implementation in community settings. Family Process, 55(3), 558-576. doi: 10.1111/famp.12243

Henderson, C. E., Marvel, F., & Liddle, H. A. (2012). Multidimensional Family Therapy: An evidence-based treatment for juvenile justice involved and substance abusing adolescents. In N. Jainchill (Ed.), Understanding and treating adolescent substance use disorders. Kingston, NJ: Civic Research Institute.

Liddle, H. A. (2010). Treating adolescent substance abuse using Multidimensional Family Therapy. In J. Weisz & A. Kazdin (Eds.), Evidence-based psychotherapies for children and adolescents (pp. 416-432). New York, NY: Guilford Press.

Rowe, C. L. (2010). Multidimensional Family Therapy: Addressing co-occurring substance abuse and other problems among adolescents with comprehensive family-based treatment. Child & Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America, 19(3), 563-576. doi: 10.1016/j.chc.2010.03.008

Liddle, H. A. (2009). Multidimensional Family Therapy: A science-based treatment system for adolescent drug abuse. In J. Bray & M. Stanton (Eds.), Blackwell handbook of family psychology (pp. 341-354). London: Blackwell.

Rowe, C. L., Liddle, H. A., Dakof, G. A., & Henderson, C. E. (2009). Development and evolution of an evidence-based practice: Multidimensional Family Therapy as treatment system. In F. Collins & L. Cohen (Eds.), Pharmacology and treatment of substance abuse (pp. 441-464). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc.

Liddle, H. A., Rowe, C. L., & Dakof, G. A. (2007). Clinical and empirical foundations of effective family based treatment for adolescent drug abuse. In E. Gilvarry (Ed.), Clinics in developmental medicine: Substance misuse in young people (pp. 185-196). Cambridge University Press.

Liddle, H. A., Rodriguez, R. A., Dakof, G. A., Kanzki, E., & Marvel, F. A. (2005). Multidimensional Family Therapy: A science-based treatment for adolescent drug abuse. In J. Lebow (Ed.), Handbook of clinical family therapy (pp.128-163). New York: John Wiley and Sons.

Liddle, H. A., & Hogue, A. (2001). Multidimensional Family Therapy for adolescent substance abuse. In E. Wagner & H. Waldron (Eds.), Innovations in adolescent substance abuse interventions (pp. 227-261). London, UK: Pergamon/Elsevier Science.

Liddle, H. A., Dakof, G. A., & Diamond, G. (1992). Adolescent substance abuse: Multidimensional Family Therapy in action. In E. Kaufman & P. Kaufmann (Eds.), Family therapy of drug and alcohol abuse 2nd ed., (pp. 120-171). Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon.

Liddle, H. A. (1991). A multidimensional model for treating the adolescent who is abusing alcohol and other drugs. In W. Snyder & T. Ooms (Eds.), Empowering families, helping adolescents: Family-centered treatment of adolescents with alcohol, drug abuse and other mental health problems (pp. 91-100). Washington, DC: United States Public Health Service.


  Special Intervention Topics

Rowe, C. L., & Liddle, H. A. (2017). The anatomy of cognitions in Multidimensional Family Therapy. In P. Kendall (Ed.), Cognitive therapy with children and adolescents (pp. 144-169). New York, NY: Guilford Press.

Liddle, H. A. (2014). Adapting and implementing an evidence-based treatment with justice-involved adolescents: The example of Multidimensional Family Therapy. Family Process, 53(3), 516-528. doi: 10.1111/famp.12094

Henderson, C. E., Kan, L. Y., North, L. W., & Liddle, H. A. (2014). Treating adolescents with conduct disorder. In L. Grossman & S. Walfish (Eds.), Translating research into practice: A desk reference for practicing mental health professionals. New York, NY: Springer.

Dakof, G. A., Godley S. H., & Smith, J. (2010). The Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach and Multidimensional Family Therapy: Addressing relapse during treatment. In Y. Kaminer & K. Winters (Eds.), Clinical manual of adolescent substance abuse treatment (pp. 299-333). New York, NY: American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc.

Marvel, F. A., Rowe, C. R., Colon, L., DiClemente, R., & Liddle, H. A. (2009). Multidimensional Family Therapy HIV/STD risk-reduction intervention: An integrative family-based model for drug-involved juvenile offenders. Family Process, 48, 69-83.

Rowe, C. L., & Liddle, H. A. (2008). Multidimensional Family Therapy for adolescent alcohol abusers. Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly, 26(1), 105-123.

Rowe, C. L., & Liddle, H. A. (2008). When the levee breaks: Treating adolescents and families in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 34(2),132-148.

Rowe, C. L., Dakof, G. A., & Liddle, H. A. (2007). Multidimensional Family Therapy in juvenile justice system settings. In K. Knight & D. Farabee (Eds.), Treating addicted offenders: A continuum of effective practices (pp. 24-10). Kingston, NJ: Civic Research Institute.

Liddle, H. A., Jackson-Gilfort, A., & Marvel, F. (2006). An empirically supported and culturally specific engagement and intervention strategy for African-American adolescent males. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 76(2), 215-225.

Rowe, C. L. & Liddle, H. A. (2006). Family-based treatment development for adolescent alcohol abuse. International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health, Special Issue on Adolescence and Health, 18(1), 43-51.

Becker, D., Hogue, A., & Liddle, H. A. (2002). Methods of engagement in family-based preventive intervention. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, 19(2), 163-179.

Hogue, A., Liddle, H. A., & Becker, D. (2002). Multidimensional family prevention for at-risk adolescents. In T. Patterson (Ed.), Comprehensive handbook of psychotherapy: Cognitive-behavioral approaches (pp. 141-166). New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons.

Rowe, C. L., Liddle, H. A., McClintic, K., & Quille, T. (2002). Integrative treatment development: Multidimensional Family Therapy for adolescent substance abuse. In F. Kaslow & J. Lebow (Eds.), Comprehensive handbook of psychotherapy: Cognitive-behavioral approaches (pp. 141-161). New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons.

Diamond, G. M., Diamond, G. S., & Liddle, H. A. (2000). The therapist-parent alliance in family-based therapy for adolescents. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 56(8), 1037-1050.

Diamond, G. S. & Liddle, H. A. (1999). Transforming negative parent-adolescent interactions: From impasse to dialogue. Family Process, 38(1), 5-26.

Jackson-Gilfort, A., & Liddle, H. A. (1999). Culturally specific interventions for African American adolescents. The Family Psychologist, 15, 101-111.

Diamond, G. M., & Liddle, H. A. (1998). From alienation to collaboration: Three techniques for building alliances with adolescents in family therapy. In T. S. Trepper & T. S. Nelson (Eds.), 101 more interventions in family therapy (2nd ed., pp. 87-95). New York: Haworth Press.

Diamond, G. M. & Liddle, H A. (1998). Improving an initially poor therapist adolescent therapeutic alliance: A process study. The Family Psychologist, 14, 5-9.

Diamond, G. & Liddle, H. (1996). Resolving a therapeutic impasse between parents and adolescents in Multidimensional Family Therapy. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 64(3), 481-488. doi: 10.1037/0022-006X.64.3.481

Liddle, H. A. (1994). The anatomy of emotions in family therapy with adolescents. Journal of Adolescent Research, 9(1), 120-157. doi: 10.1177/074355489491009

Diamond, G. M., & Liddle, H. A. (1993). Improving a negative therapist-adolescent alliance in family therapy. In T. S. Nelson & T. S. Trepper (Eds.), 101 interventions in family therapy (pp. 87-95). New York: Haworth Press.

Liddle, H. A. (1993). Engaging adolescents in family therapy: Some early phase skills. In T. S. Nelson & T. S. Trepper (Eds.), 101 interventions in family therapy (pp. 389-398). New York: Haworth Press.

Liddle, H. A., Dakof, G., Diamond, G., Holt, M., Aroyo, J., & Watson, M. (1992). The adolescent module in Multidimensional Family Therapy. In G. W. Lawson & A. W. Lawson (Eds.), Adolescent substance abuse: Etiology, treatment, and prevention (pp. 165-186). Gaithersburg, MD: Aspen Publishers, Inc.