"It's Like the Pieces of a Puzzle That You Know": Research Interviews With People Who Inject Drugs Using the VidaviewTM Life Story Board

John V. Flynn, Claire E. Kendall, Lisa M. Boucher, Michael Louis Fitzgerald, Katharine Larose-Hébert, Alana Martin, Christine Lalonde, Dave Pineau, Jenn Bigelow, Tiffany Rose, Rob Boyd, Mark Tyndall, Zack Marshall

Abstract


The Life Story Board (LSB) is a visual tool used in therapeutic circumstances to co-construct a lifescape that represents the personal, relational and temporal aspects of a person's lived experiences. We conducted a study of the drug use and harm reduction experiences of people who inject drugs through research interviews using the LSB to determine whether it has the potential to enhance qualitative research. Our team included community researchers who were current or former drug users and academic researchers. Interviews were conducted by two community researchers: an interviewer and a storyboarder who populated the LSB.

Results showed that interviewers and participants interacted with the LSB in different ways. The board functioned to situate the interviewers in the interview schedule, whereas participants often used the board as a way to validate or reinforce their life story. Participants expressed a variety of emotional and cognitive responses to the board. Overall, the LSB helped participants focus on their life story to recall specific occasions or incidents and enabled them to gain perspective and make greater sense of their lives. Both participants and interviewers engaged with the LSB in nuanced ways that enabled them to work together to represent the participant's life story.


Keywords


Life Story Board; qualitative research tool; research interviews; people who inject drugs; life experience narratives

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17169/fqs-21.3.3459

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