Worth a Thousand Words? Advantages, Challenges and Opportunities in Working with Photovoice as a Qualitative Research Method with Youth and their Families

Keywords: participatory research, photovoice, qualitative research, youths, families, visual methods

Abstract

Photovoice, a popular method in qualitative participatory research, involves individuals taking photographic images to document and reflect on issues significant to them. Having emerged in the mid-1990s, its popularity has been related to several advantages of working with the method associated with enhanced forms of expression and accessibility, as well as a strong alignment with participatory research principles. We explore the advantages, challenges and opportunities in working with photovoice in qualitative research through gleaning insights from the literature and from studies that were part of IN•GAUGE®, a research program that has used photovoice and other visual methods for doing research with youth and families for over 15 years. The insights provide guidance for the evolution of photovoice and the development of ethical protocol assessments that are necessary for enhancing the participatory and empowering aspects of photovoice.

URN: http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs170124

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Author Biographies

Roberta Lynn Woodgate, University of Manitoba

Roberta L. WOODGATE is a Canadian Institutes of Health Research Applied Chair in Reproductive, Child and Youth Health Services and Policy Research and a professor at the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, College of Nursing, University of Manitoba.

Melanie Zurba, University of Winnipeg

Melanie ZURBA is a research associate at the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, College of Nursing, University of Manitoba.

Pauline Tennent, University of Manitoba

Pauline TENNENT is a professional associate at the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, College of Nursing, University of Manitoba.

Published
2016-11-29
How to Cite
Woodgate, R. L., Zurba, M., & Tennent, P. (2016). Worth a Thousand Words? Advantages, Challenges and Opportunities in Working with Photovoice as a Qualitative Research Method with Youth and their Families. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 18(1). https://doi.org/10.17169/fqs-18.1.2659