Dissemination
      Advanced Search
Home > Dissemination > Model Programs Database

Model Programs Database

Functional Family Therapy

University of Utah
380 South 1350 East #502
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
http://www.fftinc.com/

Is this your program? Update your listing here.

Contact Information:
James F. Alexander
Director
801.581.6538
jfafft@psych.utah.edu

Program Specification:

Emphasis:

Gender:

Rating:

Intervention

Both

Moderate Evidence of Effectiveness

Age/Grade Level:

Target Settings:

Target Groups:

Middle School
High School

Rural
Urban
Suburban
Inner City

Individuals

Ethnicity:

Other Participation Criteria:

All Ethnicities

Description:

Functional Family Therapy (FFT) is an empirically-grounded, family-based intervention program for acting-out youth. A major goal of Functional Family Therapy is to improve family communication and supportiveness while decreasing the intense negativity so often characteristic of these families. Other goals include helping family members adopt positive solutions to family problems and developing positive behavior change and parenting strategies. Although originally designed to treat middle class families with delinquent and pre-delinquent youth, the program has recently included poor, multiethnic, multicultural populations, with very serious problems such as conduct disorder, adolescent drug abuse, and violence.

Program Descriptors Include:
Behavior Management/Discipline, Family/Parental Involvement, Life Skills Training

Starting Date: Unspecified
Students Served Per Year: Unspecified
Last Verified: 2009

Risk Factors:

Protective Factors:

Program addresses the following:

Individual factors

  • Has a learning disability or emotional disturbance
  • High-risk social behavior
  • Misbehavior

Family factors

  • Low socioeconomic status

Community factors

  • Family composition/socioeconomic status

Program promotes the following:

Relationships

  • Clear social norms

Independence

  • Healthy/conventional beliefs and standards

Competence

  • Social competencies

Program Resources:

Annual Cost:

Unspecified

Funding Sources Include:

Program Staff Includes:

Unspecified

Social Workers

Materials Used:

Supporting / Partner Organizations:

Unspecified

Unspecified

Evaluation Information:

Several evaluation studies using matched or randomly assigned control/comparison group designs were conducted on the program on diverse populations and included one-, two-, three-, and five-year follow-up periods. These studies demonstrated that, compared to no treatment or other types of interventions, FFT had the following results: FFT effectively treated and prevented further incidence of the presenting problem, including adolescents with Conduct Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Disruptive Behavior Disorder, alcohol, and other drug abuse disorders; and who were delinquent and/or violent. FFT reduced adolescent re-arrests and significantly reduced recidivism for a wide range of juvenile offense patterns.

How evaluation data was collected:
Data collected and analyzed at state or organizational level

National Dropout Prevention Center for Students with Disabilities
209 Martin Street
Clemson, SC 29631-1555
Toll Free: 866-745-5641
TDD: 866-212-2775
Fax: 864-656-0136
Email: NDPCSD-L@clemson.edu

Valid XHTML 1.0 Transitional

Icon Legend

  • Link to external website resource
  • Link to Adobe PDF document
  • Link to Microsoft Powerpoint presentation
  • Link to Microsoft Word document
Copyright © 2006-2010 Clemson University. All Rights Reserved. Legal Disclaimer
Last Updated: September 23, 2014