Stress Reduction Audio

Stress Reduction Audio is designed to provide users with brief audio tracks for stress relief. Each day, the app provides a new “stress reduction tip” for the user (examples include “how to eat well”, and “how to start a sleep routine”). The app consists of two pages – one that provides audio relaxation tracks called of up to 15 minutes in length. An additional audio track is only available in the paid version of the app. The second app page includes a sleep timer that will stop the audio track after a user-specified time period

Available for: Android 2.3 and up
Company Name: Mindware Consulting Inc
Classification (Type of Treatment): Mindfulness
Targeted conditions:Stress & Anxiety 
Target demographics: Not specified 
Special provider necessary: No 
Languages Available in: English
Where to get it: Google Play  

Cost: Free with in-app purchases  

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PsyberGuide rating: The research and support basis of the product

Total Score: 6/14

Basis of research: 0
Source of funding for the research: 0
Specificity of the proposed intervention: 2
Number of consumer ratings: 3
Product advisory support: 0
Software support: 0

date of rating: December 2017

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Research on the product

There are no RCTs of this mobile app. Mindfulness-based therapy has evidence as an intervention for a variety of mental health problems. A meta-analysis considering 209 studies found that Mindfulness-based therapy reduced severity of anxiety, stress and depressive symptoms amongst adults (Khoury et al., 2013). This smartphone application has not been investigated in an RCT, however one study examined the effects of a similar mindfulness based app AEON after 4 weeks of everyday use (Chittaro & Vianello, 2015). They found that novice meditators significantly increased their levels of mindfulness over the four weeks, and most users indicated the app eliciting positive feelings in them. A meta-analysis reviewed 15 RCTs of adults receiving workbook and audio CD or web-based self-help mindfulness or acceptance-based intervention, with no or reduced therapist support (Cavanagh et al., 2014). They found that mindfulness-or acceptance-based self-help interventions resulted in fewer anxiety and depressive symptoms as compared to the control groups. 

  • Khoury B, Lecomte T, Fortin G, Masse M, Therien P, Bouchard V, Chapleau MA, Paquin K, Hofmann SG. Mindfulness-based therapy: a comprehensive meta-analysis. Clinical Psychology Review 2013; 33(6): 763-771.  
  • Cavanagh K, Strauss C, Forder L, Jones F. Can mindfulness and acceptance be learnt by self-help? A systematic review and meta-analysis of mindfulness and acceptance-based self-help interventions Clinical Psychology Review 2014; 34(2): 118-129. 
  • Chittaro, L., & Vianello, A. (2016). Evaluation of a mobile mindfulness app distributed through on-line stores: A 4-week study. International Journal Of Human-Computer Studies8663-80. doi:10.1016/j.ijhcs.2015.09.004 

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