Natasha Slesnick, PhD, Department of Human Development and Family Science, The Ohio State University; Jillian L. Prestopnik, PhD, Department of Neurology, University of New Mexico.
Comparison of Family Therapy Outcome With Alcohol-Abusing, Runaway Adolescents
Version of Record online: 17 MAR 2009
© 2009 American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
Volume 35, Issue 3, pages 255–277, July 2009
How to Cite
Slesnick, N. and Prestopnik, J. L. (2009), Comparison of Family Therapy Outcome With Alcohol-Abusing, Runaway Adolescents. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 35: 255–277. doi: 10.1111/j.1752-0606.2009.00121.x
This work has been supported by NIAAA and CSAT Grant No. AA12173.
- Issue online: 9 JUN 2009
- Version of Record online: 17 MAR 2009
Treatment evaluation for alcohol problem, runaway adolescents and their families is rare. This study recruited primary alcohol problem adolescents (N = 119) and their primary caretakers from two runaway shelters and assigned them to (a) home-based ecologically based family therapy (EBFT), (b) office-based functional family therapy (FFT), or (c) service as usual (SAU) through the shelter. Findings showed that both home-based EBFT and office-based FFT significantly reduced alcohol and drug use compared with SAU at 15-month postbaseline. Measures of family and adolescent functioning improved over time in all groups. However, significant differences among the home- and office-based interventions were found for treatment engagement and moderators of outcome.