Advancing Methodologic Approaches in Women's Health Research: The Use of Photovoice in Women's Health Research

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http://hdl.handle.net/10755/157989
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Presentation
Title:
Advancing Methodologic Approaches in Women's Health Research: The Use of Photovoice in Women's Health Research
Abstract:
Advancing Methodologic Approaches in Women's Health Research: The Use of Photovoice in Women's Health Research
Conference Sponsor:Western Institute of Nursing
Conference Year:2005
Author:Stevens, Christine, RN, MPH, PhD
P.I. Institution Name:University of Washington, Tacoma
Title:Assistant Professor
Contact Address:1900 Commerce Street, Box 358421, Tacoma, WA, 98402, USA
Contact Telephone:253-692-5675
Background: A major focus in women's health research is addressing the health disparities related to gender, race and class. One of the ways that nursing science has contributed to research concerning women's health disparities is by examining the complexity of women's lives. Women are embedded in social, cultural and institutional contexts that influence their health and nursing researchers are seeking to explore the influences of these different contexts. Many different methods are employed to explore the role of context in the health of women. Photovoice is one method that has shown promising results in prolonging engagement with participants, providing context for interviews and giving power to participant to frame the themes that are discussed. This visual method utilized photographs produced and interpreted by the participants. Purpose: The purpose of this critical ethnography was to explore how adolescent women who are parenting negotiate the relationship between their socioeconomic context and their own health. One of the aims of this research was to explore the use of photovoice as a method in women's health research. Method: The sample (N=18) consisted of young women, 15- 21 years of age, parenting and living with their child. Methods included two interviews and photography generated by participants. Photovoice is a method in which the participants create the images that allow for participant-generated narratives about their daily lives and self-identified needs. This method was chosen to address the concerns about power and representation between the researcher and the participant. The first interview asked participants to describe 'what healthy means to you'. At this interview participants were given cameras and asked to take photographs about 'what gets in the way of you being as healthy as you would like to be.' A second interview focused on the women reviewing and discussing their photographs with the investigator. Results: During the first interview, participants gave short answers to questions about their health, with little elaboration. The second interview in which they explained their photographs provided rich data about the context of their lives. The surprising result was the enthusiasm that the young women showed with the project and enhanced level of sharing. While the first interview had an average duration of 30 - 45 minutes, the second interviews lasted 90 - 120 minutes. During the second interview with the photographs, participants told stories about the pictures and talked more about their lives and health. Implications: Visual representations of our lives such as photographs, videos and art are familiar ways that people use to represent their lives. Photovoice allows participants to shape the conversation and provides rich contextualized narratives. By using these participant-generated narratives, the adolescent women who participated in this study were able to shape the conversation about their lives and provide a multidimensional contextual understanding of structural practices that shape their experiences. The method of photovoice offers promise for the study of vulnerable and underrepresented groups of women.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Western Institute of Nursing

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleAdvancing Methodologic Approaches in Women's Health Research: The Use of Photovoice in Women's Health Researchen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/157989-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Advancing Methodologic Approaches in Women's Health Research: The Use of Photovoice in Women's Health Research</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Western Institute of Nursing</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2005</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Stevens, Christine, RN, MPH, PhD</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">University of Washington, Tacoma</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Assistant Professor</td></tr><tr class="item-address"><td class="label">Contact Address:</td><td class="value">1900 Commerce Street, Box 358421, Tacoma, WA, 98402, USA</td></tr><tr class="item-phone"><td class="label">Contact Telephone:</td><td class="value">253-692-5675</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">cstevens@u.washington.edu</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Background: A major focus in women's health research is addressing the health disparities related to gender, race and class. One of the ways that nursing science has contributed to research concerning women's health disparities is by examining the complexity of women's lives. Women are embedded in social, cultural and institutional contexts that influence their health and nursing researchers are seeking to explore the influences of these different contexts. Many different methods are employed to explore the role of context in the health of women. Photovoice is one method that has shown promising results in prolonging engagement with participants, providing context for interviews and giving power to participant to frame the themes that are discussed. This visual method utilized photographs produced and interpreted by the participants. Purpose: The purpose of this critical ethnography was to explore how adolescent women who are parenting negotiate the relationship between their socioeconomic context and their own health. One of the aims of this research was to explore the use of photovoice as a method in women's health research. Method: The sample (N=18) consisted of young women, 15- 21 years of age, parenting and living with their child. Methods included two interviews and photography generated by participants. Photovoice is a method in which the participants create the images that allow for participant-generated narratives about their daily lives and self-identified needs. This method was chosen to address the concerns about power and representation between the researcher and the participant. The first interview asked participants to describe 'what healthy means to you'. At this interview participants were given cameras and asked to take photographs about 'what gets in the way of you being as healthy as you would like to be.' A second interview focused on the women reviewing and discussing their photographs with the investigator. Results: During the first interview, participants gave short answers to questions about their health, with little elaboration. The second interview in which they explained their photographs provided rich data about the context of their lives. The surprising result was the enthusiasm that the young women showed with the project and enhanced level of sharing. While the first interview had an average duration of 30 - 45 minutes, the second interviews lasted 90 - 120 minutes. During the second interview with the photographs, participants told stories about the pictures and talked more about their lives and health. Implications: Visual representations of our lives such as photographs, videos and art are familiar ways that people use to represent their lives. Photovoice allows participants to shape the conversation and provides rich contextualized narratives. By using these participant-generated narratives, the adolescent women who participated in this study were able to shape the conversation about their lives and provide a multidimensional contextual understanding of structural practices that shape their experiences. The method of photovoice offers promise for the study of vulnerable and underrepresented groups of women.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T20:24:01Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T20:24:01Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipWestern Institute of Nursingen_GB
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