Though effective for reducing stress and promoting health in many populations, existing mobile apps for mindfulness interventions are not appealing to many African Americans. Current solutions have not been adapted to engage this population.
BlackFULLness content is grounded in , an evidence-based behavioral therapy. Utilizing a grant to guide the app’s design and testing, Behavioral scientists from collaborated with a researcher at in the design of the mobile app and its evaluation, testing it with users. Study participants reported significant improvements in stress and self-efficacy, increased use of mindfulness strategies, and increased emotional self-regulation.
- Guided meditations connect the user to the present moment and a place of calm through culturally aligned exercises
- Notifications prompting users to reflect and engage with the app
- Periodic messages relaying the importance of mindfulness as a way to increase control over physical and psychological health
- User-customized reminders to help users benefit from the app’s exercises throughout their day