Ecological family-based treatments to reduce adolescent substance use — evidence summary

Summary of the evidence

Rating:
Beneficial

Ecological family-based treatments (including multidimensional family therapy) delivered in community settings were found in a systematic review without meta-analysis (Hogue et al., 2014, 8 RCTs) and a meta-analysis (Hartnett et al., 2016, 14 studies) to have significant effect in:

  • reducing adolescent drug use (mainly cannabis and alcohol)
  • reducing adolescent disruptive behaviours

Details

Note: this evidence summary is only valid for the outcomes, target groups, settings and substances/patterns of use described below.

Name of response option:
Ecological family-based treatments
Desired outcome(s):
reduce disruptive behaviours
reduce substance use
Area(s)
Treatment
Specific substance or pattern of use:
alcohol
cannabis
Target group(s) or setting(s):
families
young people