MDFT Research and Publications

New research

Are you conducting research regarding MDFT or are you considering this? Please, inform us by filling in the contact form. This way we can stay informed and when possible share this information with interested parties.

Ongoing research

Currently there are several studies regarding MDFT. One of those is the Dutch study to research on active ingredients of interventions for young people. Youth Interventions Foundation is cooperating with this study. More information can be found on the website of ZonMw.


The following research has recently been published:

  • M.Goorden, E.van der Schee, V.M.Hendriks, L.Hakkaart-van Roijen. Cost-effectiveness of Multidimensional Family Therapy compared to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for adolescents with a cannabis use disorder: Data from a randomized controlled trial. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, volume 162, 1 May 2016
  • Van der Pol, T. M., Henderson, C. E., Hendriks, V., Schaub, M. P., & Rigter, H. (2017). Multidimensional Family Therapy reduces self-reported criminality among adolescents with a cannabis use disorder. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/0306624X16687536
  • Van der Pol, T. M., Machteld, H., Noom, M. J., Stams, G. J. M., Doreleijers, T. A. H., van Domburgh, L., Vermeiren, R. R. J. M. (2017). Research review: The effectiveness of multidimensional family therapy in treating adolescents with multiple behavior problems – a meta-analysis. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. Advanced online publication. doi: 10.1111/jcpp.12685
  • Hoogeveen, C. E., Vogelvang, B., Rigter, H. (2017). Feasibility of inpatient and outpatient Multidimensional Family Therapy for improving behavioral outcomes in adolescents referred to residential youth care. Residential Treatment for Children & Youth, 34, 61-82.
International Publications