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Photovoice as Community-Based Participatory Research: A Qualitative Review

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Objective : To explore the use of photovoice as a research methodology to identify and explore community health and disability priorities.

Methods : Published studies (n 31) that applied photovoice as a research methodology to promote and enhance individual and community change were identified and reviewed.

Results : Findings are explored and organized by community concerns and priorities; participant recruitment, training, and camera instruction; identification of photo assignment; photo assignment discussion; data analysis; outcomes; and evaluation of program and policy changes.

Conclusions : Despite the limitations of the studies and/or how they are reported, findings from this review support further application of photovoice to facilitate community change.

Keywords: community change; community health; community-based participatory research; health behavior; photovoice

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1 Associate Professor, Department of Counseling, Human and Organizational Studies, Graduate School of Education and Human Development, Center for Rehabilitation Counseling Research and Education, The George Washington University, Washington, DC.

Publication date: November 1, 2009

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