Mediators and Moderators of Brief Strategic Family Therapy (BSFT) for Adolescent Drug Use

Varda Shoham, PhD
Lead Investigator
University of Arizona, Department of Psychiatry

This ancillary study is related to CTN-0014, "Brief Strategic Family Therapy (BSFT) for Adolescent Drug Abusers."

Based on family systems theory, the investigators hypothesize that family functioning plays a critical mediating and moderating role in effective implementation of BSFT.  Specifically, family change assessed during therapy should mediate effects of treatment (or BSFT intervention quality) on subsequent drug use outcomes, whereas family functioning assessed before therapy should moderate those effects, with BSFT proving most useful when prior family functioning is poor.  This study also collected supplementary data on all therapists prior to their randomization (e.g., professional experience, recovery status, theoretical orientation), and on skill-acquisition trajectories of the BSFT therapists as they progress through training and the clinical trial.



Publications about CTN-0014-A-1


Supported by a grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to the University of Washington Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute.
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