Journal of Youth and Adolescence

, Volume 47, Issue 7, pp 1363–1372 | Cite as

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

  • Rachel F. Rodgers
  • Elizabeth Donovan
  • Tara Cousineau
  • Kayla Yates
  • Kayla McGowan
  • Elizabeth Cook
  • Alice S. Lowy
  • Debra L. Franko
Empirical Research


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.


Body image Prevention Self-compassion Mobile technology Adolescents 


Authors’ Contributions

R.R., D.F., E.L., and T.C. conceived of the study, participated in its design and coordination and drafted the manuscript; K.M. participated in the design and interpretation of the data; K.Y. participated in the design and coordination of the study, as well as the assessment management; E.C. participated in the design and coordination of the study; E.C., A.L. and R.R. performed the statistical analysis; and E.C. and A.L. helped to draft the manuscript. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.


This study was funded by Grant R44 DK085748-02 through the National Institute of Health.

Data Sharing Declaration

This manuscript’s data will not be deposited.

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical Approval

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

Informed Consent

Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rachel F. Rodgers
    • 1
    • 2
  • Elizabeth Donovan
    • 3
    • 4
  • Tara Cousineau
    • 3
  • Kayla Yates
    • 1
  • Kayla McGowan
    • 3
  • Elizabeth Cook
    • 1
  • Alice S. Lowy
    • 1
  • Debra L. Franko
    • 1
  1. 1.APPEAR, Department of Applied PsychologyNortheastern UniversityBostonUSA
  2. 2.Department of Psychiatric Emergency & Acute Care, Lapeyronie HospitalCHRU MontpellierMontpellierFrance
  3. 3.BodiMojo Inc.MiltonUSA
  4. 4.Department of PsychologySimmons CollegeBostonUSA

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