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J Youth Adolesc. 2018 Jul;47(7):1363-1372. doi: 10.1007/s10964-017-0804-3. Epub 2018 Jan 18.

BodiMojo: Efficacy of a Mobile-Based Intervention in Improving Body Image and Self-Compassion among Adolescents.

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1
APPEAR, Department of Applied Psychology, Northeastern University, Boston, MA, 02115, USA. r.rodgers@northeastern.edu.
2
Department of Psychiatric Emergency & Acute Care, Lapeyronie Hospital, CHRU Montpellier, Montpellier, France. r.rodgers@northeastern.edu.
3
BodiMojo Inc., 1631 Canton Ave, Milton, MA, 02168, USA.
4
Department of Psychology, Simmons College, Boston, MA, 02115, USA.
5
APPEAR, Department of Applied Psychology, Northeastern University, Boston, MA, 02115, USA.

Abstract

Mobile interventions promoting positive body image are lacking. This study presents a randomized controlled evaluation of BodiMojo, a mobile application (app) intervention grounded in self-compassion to promote positive body image. A sample of 274 adolescents, mean (SD) age = 18.36 (1.34) years, 74% female, were allocated to a control group or used BodiMojo for 6 weeks. Appearance esteem, body image flexibility, appearance comparison, mood, and self-compassion were assessed at baseline, 6, and 12 weeks. Significant time by group interactions emerged for appearance esteem and self-compassion, with appearance esteem and self-compassion increasing in the intervention relative to the control group. These findings provide preliminary support for BodiMojo, a cost-effective mobile app for positive body image.

KEYWORDS:

Adolescents; Body image; Mobile technology; Prevention; Self-compassion

PMID:
29349593
DOI:
10.1007/s10964-017-0804-3
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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