Adolescent reckless behavior is a major concern for society because it leads to the three most common causes of mortality for this age group. Body image and self-esteem have been proposed as constructs that have an effect on adolescents' participation in reckless behavior. Self-esteem, however, has been garnering criticism in recent years for promoting narcissism and downward social comparison with others. Self-compassion is an alternative to self- esteem that focuses on accepting oneself and having feelings of common humanity. This report examines the literature to build a foundation for studies that would measure reckless behavior in adolescents, and look at the effects of self-compassion, self- esteem, and body image.