Proven effective through extensive research.

The foundation of MDFT is numerous randomized clinical trials - conducted in both the United States and Europe with diverse populations and settings - that confirm MDFT’s effectiveness. The level of proven effectiveness demonstrated is unsurpassed in adolescent treatment.

To see all MDFT research publications, click here.

Proven to:

 Substance Use
 Anxiety and Depression
 Family Functioning
 School Grades

About Research

A randomized clinical trial (RCT) is the most rigorous research method for measuring the effectiveness of any treatment. For example, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration requires RCTs to approve new medicines. RCTs are also the gold standard of research for behavioral treatments.

Treatments with scientific evidence supporting them are called Evidence-Based Treatments (EBTs), Evidence-Based Practices (EBPs) or Evidence-Based Models (EBMs). A treatment qualifies as being evidence-based if it produces positive outcomes in comparison to usual care or another alternative treatment in two or more randomized clinical trials, preferably conducted by more than one research group.

MDFT’s effectiveness is built on the strongest foundation of research and is committed to continuing its research and program evaluation. In addition to controlled research, MDFT continuously collects clinical data from implementing agencies to measure their progress toward meeting MDFT benchmarks. These benchmarks help improve the health and well-being of adolescents and their families and ensure the highest standards of care.