Reflection on the benefits and limitations of participant-generated photography as an adjunct to qualitative interviews with participants with aphasia

Brown, Kyla, Worrall, Linda, Davidson, Bronwyn and Howe, Tami (2013) Reflection on the benefits and limitations of participant-generated photography as an adjunct to qualitative interviews with participants with aphasia. Aphasiology, 27 10: 1214-1231. doi:10.1080/02687038.2013.808736


Author Brown, Kyla
Worrall, Linda
Davidson, Bronwyn
Howe, Tami
Title Reflection on the benefits and limitations of participant-generated photography as an adjunct to qualitative interviews with participants with aphasia
Journal name Aphasiology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0268-7038
1464-5041
Publication date 2013-10-01
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/02687038.2013.808736
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 27
Issue 10
Start page 1214
End page 1231
Total pages 18
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Abstract Background: Visual methods, including participant-generated photography as a stimulus to qualitative interviews, have a long history in the social science research as a means of enriching qualitative research data. However, little is known about their use with people with a communication disability such as aphasia. In this article, we provide a commentary on the benefits and limitations of participant-generated photography as an adjunct to qualitative interviews for individuals with aphasia. We base our reflections on experiences using this method in a study exploring the meaning of living successfully with aphasia from the perspectives of 25 participants with chronic aphasia.Reflections: Benefits of the method include facilitation of rapport and animated discussion that provided a greater voice of authority and a sense of research ownership for participants. An additional benefit we identify is the use of photographs as communication aids during interviews. Limitations we discuss are: participants' spouses taking photographs for them, participants' physical difficulties using cameras, and ethical issues of photograph use in research.Conclusions: Based on our findings, we support the use of the participant-generated photography and advocate for researchers to consider diverse methods to capture the voices of individuals with communication disabilities.
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Background: Visual methods, including participant-generated photography as a stimulus to qualitative interviews, have a long history in the social science research as a means of enriching qualitative research data. However, little is known about their use with people with a communication disability such as aphasia. In this article, we provide a commentary on the benefits and limitations of participant-generated photography as an adjunct to qualitative interviews for individuals with aphasia. We base our reflections on experiences using this method in a study exploring the meaning of living successfully with aphasia from the perspectives of 25 participants with chronic aphasia.

Reflections: Benefits of the method include facilitation of rapport and animated discussion that provided a greater voice of authority and a sense of research ownership for participants. An additional benefit we identify is the use of photographs as communication aids during interviews. Limitations we discuss are: participants' spouses taking photographs for them, participants' physical difficulties using cameras, and ethical issues of photograph use in research.

Conclusions:
Based on our findings, we support the use of the participant-generated photography and advocate for researchers to consider diverse methods to capture the voices of individuals with communication disabilities.
Keyword Aphasia
Qualitative
Photovoice
Photography
Visual methods
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Grant ID AA07535
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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