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Registration number
Ethics application status
Date submitted
Date registered
Date last updated
Date data sharing statement initially provided
Date results information initially provided
Type of registration
Prospectively registered

Titles & IDs
Public title
Self-Compassion, Guided-Imagery and Body Image in Women
Scientific title
The Impact of Self-Compassion and Guided-Imagery Podcasts on Body Image in Women: A Randomised Controlled Trial
Secondary ID [1] 296499 0
Nil known
Universal Trial Number (UTN)
Trial acronym
Linked study record

Health condition
Health condition(s) or problem(s) studied:
Body Image Disturbances 310282 0
Condition category
Condition code
Mental Health 309019 309019 0 0
Eating disorders

Study type
Description of intervention(s) / exposure
The research setting is online, with the pre-post questionnaires administered via Survey Monkey. The podcasts are also online and will be sent out via email to participants.
The research design will be a randomised controlled trial that will run over a one-week duration. Participants will be randomly allocated into two groups, the intervention group and an active control group. Each podcast runs from approximately 20 minutes. The study will be administered by a student studying an honours program in psychology under the supervision of an academic with a PhD in psychology.

Participants will then complete these steps as follows.
1. Initial online questionnaire measuring baseline levels of self-compassion, body appreciation and body shame. Participants email addresses will also be collected.
2. Intervention group: listen to the self-compassion podcast ‘Compassionate Body Scan’ and will answer questions about the podcast.
3. Intervention group: emailed link of the ‘Compassionate Body Scan’ and encouraged to listen to this podcast as many times as they like over the next three days.
4. Intervention group: emailed (with the same instructions) the ‘Loving Kindness’ podcast on day four of the experiment. The finale questionnaire will be sent on day seven of the experiment, measuring post-test levels of self-compassion, body appreciation, body shame and appearance contingent on self-worth.

The active control condition will be identical except participants will receive a guided imagery podcast (The Meadow and Sunrise on the Beach). Each podcast will be embedded in an online survey with questions to ensure participants engaged with the podcasts. Participants in the active control will also be sent the final questionnaire.
Intervention code [1] 312819 0
Comparator / control treatment
An active control will be used in the study. Those randomised into the active control group will engage in guided- imagery meditation podcasts over a one week period.
Control group

Primary outcome [1] 307974 0
A change in self-compassion measured using the Self-Compassion Scale.
Timepoint [1] 307974 0
At pre-test and then 7 days post commencement of the intervention.
Secondary outcome [1] 353544 0
A change in body appreciation as measured by the Body Appreciation Scale-2.
Timepoint [1] 353544 0
At pre-test and then 7 days post commencement of the intervention.
Secondary outcome [2] 353545 0
Change in body shame as measured by the Objectified Body Consciousness-Body Shame Subscale
Timepoint [2] 353545 0
At pre-test and then 7 days post commencement of the intervention.
Secondary outcome [3] 353546 0
A change in contingent self-worth based on appearance as measured by the Contingencies of Self-Worth Scale- Appearance Sub-scale.
Timepoint [3] 353546 0
At pre-test and then 7 days post commencement of the intervention.

Key inclusion criteria
Women aged 17-35 years with Internet access. Participants fluent in English language.
Minimum age
17 Years
Maximum age
35 Years
Can healthy volunteers participate?
Key exclusion criteria
Not applicable

Study design
Purpose of the study
Allocation to intervention
Randomised controlled trial
Procedure for enrolling a subject and allocating the treatment (allocation concealment procedures)
Central randomisation by computer.
Methods used to generate the sequence in which subjects will be randomised (sequence generation)
The sequence is automatically generated by Survey Monkey software.
Masking / blinding
Blinded (masking used)
Who is / are masked / blinded?
The people receiving the treatment/s
The people administering the treatment/s

Intervention assignment
Other design features
Not Applicable
Type of endpoint(s)
Statistical methods / analysis
Mixed Design ANOVA, examining effects of group (intervention, active control) by time (pre-test and post-test) interaction on dependant variable mean scores.
Planned contrasts between pre and post-test for the intervention group.

The minimum sample size sought will be 68 based on a medium effect size of d=.5, alpha level of .05, and a power level of .8 calculated through GPOWER.

Recruitment status
Date of first participant enrolment
Date of last participant enrolment
Date of last data collection
Sample size
Accrual to date
Recruitment in Australia
Recruitment state(s)

Funding & Sponsors
Funding source category [1] 301089 0
Name [1] 301089 0
University of the Sunshine Coast
Address [1] 301089 0
Locked Bag 4, Maroochydore DC 4558 QLD
Country [1] 301089 0
Primary sponsor type
Dr Ben Lane
Locked Bag 4, Maroochydore DC 4558 QLD
University of the Sunshine Coast
Secondary sponsor category [1] 300697 0
Name [1] 300697 0
Amy de Wet
Address [1] 300697 0
Locked Bag 4, Maroochydore DC 4558 QLD
University of the Sunshine Coast
Country [1] 300697 0

Ethics approval
Ethics application status
Ethics committee name [1] 301837 0
The University of the Sunshine Coast Human Research Ethics Committee
Ethics committee address [1] 301837 0
Locked Bag 4, Maroochydore DC 4558 QLD
Ethics committee country [1] 301837 0
Date submitted for ethics approval [1] 301837 0
Approval date [1] 301837 0
Ethics approval number [1] 301837 0

Brief summary
Self-compassion interventions may be a promising new approach for addressing body image concerns. The aim of the study is to observe the impact of self-compassion meditation podcasts on increasing levels of self-compassion and body appreciation, as well as decreasing levels of body shame and appearance contingent on self-worth. Women aged 17 to 35 years will be randomised into two groups, and engage in either self-compassion or guided imagery podcasts over one week.
Trial website
Trial related presentations / publications
Public notes

Principal investigator
Name 88278 0
Dr Ben Lane
Address 88278 0
The University of the Sunshine Coast Locked Bag 4 Maroochydore DC 4558 QLD
Country 88278 0
Phone 88278 0
+61 754594585
Fax 88278 0
Email 88278 0
Contact person for public queries
Name 88279 0
Miss Amy de Wet
Address 88279 0
The University of the Sunshine Coast Locked Bag 4 Maroochydore DC 4558 QLD
Country 88279 0
Phone 88279 0
+61 754594585
Fax 88279 0
Email 88279 0
Contact person for scientific queries
Name 88280 0
Dr Ben Lane
Address 88280 0
The University of the Sunshine Coast Locked Bag 4 Maroochydore DC 4558 QLD
Country 88280 0
Phone 88280 0
+61 754594585
Fax 88280 0
Email 88280 0

Data sharing statement
Will individual participant data (IPD) for this trial be available (including data dictionaries)?
No/undecided IPD sharing reason/comment
The research data will include confidential data pertaining to the participants.
What supporting documents are/will be available?
No other documents available
Summary results
Have study results been published in a peer-reviewed journal?
Other publications
Have study results been made publicly available in another format?
Results – basic reporting
Results – plain English summary