Effects of multidimensional family therapy (MDFT) on nonopioid drug abuse: a systematic review and meta-analysis

FILGES Trine, ANDERSEN Ditte, JORGENSEN Anne-Marie Klint
Journal article citation:
Research on Social Work Practice, 28(1), 2018, pp.68-83.

Purpose: This review evaluates the evidence of the effects of multidimensional family therapy (MDFT) on drug use reduction in young people for the treatment of nonopioid drug use. Method: The authors followed Campbell Collaboration guidelines to conduct a systematic review of randomised and nonrandomised trials. Meta-analytic methods were used to quantitatively synthesise study results. Results: The search yielded five studies that met inclusion criteria. MDFT was found to be more effective than other treatments on drug abuse problem severity and drug use frequency in the short run but not in the long run and demonstrated positive effects on treatment retention compared to control conditions. Discussion: While additional research is needed, the review offers support for MDFT as a treatment to young nonopioid drug abusers. The number of studies included in this review was limited, however, and this should be considered when interpreting the results. (Edited publisher abstract)

Subject terms:
systematic reviews, drug misuse, young people, family therapy, therapy and treatment;
Content type:
systematic review
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