This randomized clinical trial, funded by El Centro in Year 1, tests the efficacy of a culturally informed and flexible family-based therapy for adolescents in reducing/preventing substance abuse and risky sexual behaviors by modifying current mental disorders that place youngsters at risk. Two hundred Hispanic youth (11-14 years of age) and families were recruited into the study and were randomized into either the experimental CIFFTA treatment or an individually focused “Treatment As Usual”. Families are assessed at baseline, 4, 12 and 20 months to evaluate the impact of the intervention for reducing existing psychiatric, behavioral and family problems in youth, and prevention effects of the intervention on the emergence of HIV/STI.
Mitrani, V.B., Prado, G., Feaster, D.J., Robinson-Batista, C. & Szapocznik, J. (2003) Relational factors and family treatment engagement among low-income, HIV+ African American mothers. Family Process, 42, 31-45. PMCID: PMC1480626.
Szapocznik, J., Feaster, D., Mitrani, V.B., Prado, G., Smith, W., Robinson-Batista, C., Schwartz, S.J., Mauer, M.H. & Robbins, M.S., (2004) Structural ecosystems therapy for HIV-seropositive African-American women: Effects on psychological distress, family hassles, and family support. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 72 (2), 288-303. PMCID: PMC1480817.
Nelson, R.H., Mitrani, V.B., & Szapocznik, J. (2000) Applying a family-ecosystemic model to reunite a family separated due to child abuse: A case study. Journal of Contemporary Family Therapy. 22 (2), 125-146.
Santisteban, D.A., Mena, M.P., & Abalo, C. (2013). Bridging diversity and family systems: Culturally informed and flexible family treatment for adolescents. Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice, 2(4), 246-263. doi: 10.1037cfp0000013.
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