Treatment Retention

For a list of publications on MDFT treatment retention, click here.

The Multidimensional Family Therapy (MDFT) program is remarkably effective in engaging and retaining youth and their families in treatment, particularly when one considers that nationally representative treatment programs engage only one out of every three adolescents who are referred for drug abuse treatment. 

  1. Liddle, H. A., Dakof, G. A., Rowe, C. L., Henderson, C., Greenbaum, P., Wang, W., Alberga, L. (2018). Multidimensional Family Therapy as a community-based alternative to residential treatment for adolescents with substance use and co-occurring mental health disordersJournal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 90, 47-56. doi: 10.1016/j.jsat.2018.04.011
  2. Rowe, C. L., Rigter, H., Gantner, A., Mos, K., Nielsen, P., Phan, O., & Henderson, C. (2013). Implementation fidelity of Multidimensional Family Therapy in an international trial. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 44(4), 391-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jsat.2012.08.225