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Booster Buddy Review

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Credibility

Credibility

2.00 / 5.00

Overall Score: 6/15

Consumer Ratings: 1/2
Proposed Goal: 1/2
Evidence Based Content: 1/1
Software Updates: 1/2
Clinical Input in Development: 1/1
Research on Development Process: 1/1
Efficacy of Previous Products: 0/1
Research Independence and Review: 0/2
Research Base: 0/3

Rating Date: July 2020

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User Experince

User Experience

3.53 / 5.00

Engagement: 4.33 Functionality: 3.17 Aesthetics: 3.33 Information: 3.30 Subjective quality score: 3.67 Perceived impact score: 3.17 Rating date: December 2018 Rated by: PsyberGuide

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Transparency

Transparency

Questionable

Overall Score: Questionable

Does the app have a privacy policy?: Yes

Does the policy describe the information storage and sharing procedures related to user entered information OR state that user information is stored locally?: No/Can’t Tell

Does the app provide the option of a pin entry or log-in process to view and enter user data?: No/Can’t Tell

Does the privacy policy state that the app/server encrypts the entered data OR state that user information is stored locally?: No/Can’t Tell

Does the privacy policy state whether or not users can delete entered information OR state that user information is stored locally?: No/Can’t Tell

Does the privacy policy state whether or not users can edit entered information OR state that user information is stored locally?: No/Can’t Tell

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Professional Reviews

Professional Review

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BoosterBuddy is an app that aims to support teens and young adults improve their mental health. Upon opening the app, a selection of animated buddies appear for users to choose from. Once chosen, the buddy will guide users through preliminary questions about symptoms and introduce users to the app. Each day users are to complete “quests” to be able to interact with their buddy. Quests include mood check-ins, crisis planning, writing coping statements, and more. Once quests are complete, the buddy provides inspirational quotes and dresses up in hats. The app provides a library of coping mechanisms organized into different categories. Some categories are depression, lack of sleep, anxiety, delusions, etc.. Users can favorite the coping mechanisms as they see fit. Additional features of the app include assistance in tracking appointments and medication, self-care routines for specific symptoms (anxiety, depression, high mood, lack of motivation, etc), and a record of users’ previous mood entries.

Technical Details

Available For: Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch; Android 6.0 and up.
Developer: Vancouver Island Health Authority
Type of Treatment: Gratitude, Mindfulness, Psychoeducation & Information, Symptom Tracking/Self-Monitoring
Targeted Conditions: Mood Disorders, Schizophrenia, Stress and Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Eating Disorders, Sleep, Chronic Pain
Target Audience: Adolescents
Designed to be used in conjunction with a professional? No
Languages Available: English
Cost: Free
Get it on: Google Play, Apple App Store

Research on this App

There is no direct scientific research on the effectiveness of Booster Buddy

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