A Day in the Life of a Young Person with Anxiety: Arts-Based Boundary Objects Used to Communicate the Results of Health Research

Keywords: boundary objects, communities of practice, knowledge translation, mental health research, qualitative research, interviews, photovoice, video vignettes


In this article we outline the creation of boundary objects as just one of the means to communicate the results of the Youth's Voices research study that sought to understand young people's experiences of living with anxiety. Fifty-eight young people living with anxiety took part in open-ended interviews complemented by photovoice. As one knowledge translation strategy, themes emerging from the data were transformed into boundary objects of a series of video vignettes representing dance interpretations of the themes. The video vignettes revealed meaningful interpretations of the young people's experiences, creating the potential for enhanced empathy and understanding, and reduced stigma for young people living with anxiety. The creation of boundary objects affords the opportunity to communicate the experiences of young people living with anxiety to a wider audience of policy makers, health care practitioners, researchers, as well as the general community.


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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 postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences, University of Winnipeg.

Pauline Tennent, University of Manitoba

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

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