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Clinical Trial
. 2003 Mar;17(1):121-33.
doi: 10.1037/0893-3200.17.1.121.

Efficacy of Brief Strategic Family Therapy in Modifying Hispanic Adolescent Behavior Problems and Substance Use

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Efficacy of Brief Strategic Family Therapy in Modifying Hispanic Adolescent Behavior Problems and Substance Use

Daniel A Santisteban et al. J Fam Psychol. .
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Abstract

This study investigated the efficacy of brief strategic family therapy (BSFT) with Hispanic behavior problem and drug using youth, an underrepresented population in the family therapy research literature. One hundred twenty-six Hispanic families with a behavior problem adolescent were randomly assigned to 1 of 2 conditions: BSFT or group treatment control (GC). Results showed that, compared to GC cases, BSFT cases showed significantly greater pre- to post-intervention improvement in parent reports of adolescent conduct problems and delinquency, adolescent reports of marijuana use, and observer ratings and self reports of family functioning. These results extend prior findings on the efficacy of family interventions to a difficult to treat Hispanic adolescent sample.

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Conduct disorder and socialized aggression by time and condition. BSFT = brief strategic family therapy; GC = group control.
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Clinically reliable or meaningful change in conduct disorder, socialized aggression, and marijuana use by condition. BSFT = brief strategic family therapy; GC = group control.
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Changes in family functioning (total SFSR score) by Time × Condition, for families entering treatment with better and worse family functioning. BSFT = brief strategic family therapy; GC = group control.

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