Photovoice in mental illness research: a review and recommendations

Han, Christina S. and Oliffe, John L. (2015) Photovoice in mental illness research: a review and recommendations. Health, 20 2: 110-126. doi:10.1177/1363459314567790

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Author Han, Christina S.
Oliffe, John L.
Title Photovoice in mental illness research: a review and recommendations
Journal name Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1363-4593
Publication date 2015-02-10
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1363459314567790
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 20
Issue 2
Start page 110
End page 126
Total pages 17
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract In the past few decades, photovoice research has gained prominence, providing context rich insights through participants’ photographs and narratives. Emergent within the field of photovoice research have been health studies embracing diverse illness issues. The goal of this scoping review article was to describe the use of photovoice in mental illness, paying particular attention to the following: (1) the study design and methods, (2) empirical findings, and (3) dissemination strategies. Nine qualitative studies (seven drawing from primary and two secondary analyses) featuring diverse approaches to analysis of data comprising individual and/or focus group interviews using participant-produced photographs were included in the review. Described were participant’s experiences of living with mental illness and/or substance overuse, including feelings of loneliness and being marginalized, along with their support care needs (e.g. physical, emotional, and spiritual) to garner self-confidence, respite, and/or recovery. Empirically, the reviewed articles confirmed the value of participant-produced photographs for obtaining in-depth understandings about individual’s mental illness experiences while a focus on stigma and recovery was prominent. In terms of dissemination, while most of the published articles shared some participants’ photographs and narratives, less evident were strategies to actively engage the public or policymakers with the images. Recommendations for future photovoice research include conducting formal analyses of participant photographs and strategically lobbying policymakers and raising public awareness through virtual and “in person” photo exhibitions while de-stigmatizing and affirming the experiences of those who are challenged by mental illness.
Keyword Mental health
Research methodology
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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