Multidimensional Family Therapy

Multidimensional family therapy is a form of therapy in which substance abuse problems and related behaviours in young people are seen as being influenced by interactions and sub-systems within their family. This type of therapy is flexible in terms of duration and form. It begins with a multi-system evaluation of family practices and functioning and developmental risks, which is used to form a basis for the therapy. The therapy integrates interventions from an array of other treatments, and the main goal is to improve adolescent and family functioning in general, which will in turn influence substance abuse problems and their related problematic behaviours.


Straussner, S. L. A., Fewell, C. H. (Eds.) (2011). Children of Substance-abusing Parents: Dynamics and Treatment (pp. 95-61) New York: Springer.