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Title: Photovoice and empowerment: evaluating the transformative potential of a participatory action research project
Authors: Budig, Kirsten
Diez, Julia
Conde, Paloma
Sastre, Marta
Hernán, Mariano
Franco, Manuel
metadata.dc.contributor.authoraffiliation: [Budig,K; Diez,J; Conde,P; Franco,M] Social and Cardiovascular Epidemiology Research Group, School of Medicine, University of Alcala, Alcala de Henares, Madrid, Spain. [Sastre,M] Madrid Salud, Public Health Institute, Madrid City Council, Madrid, Spain. [Hernán,M] Escuela Andaluza de Salud Pública, Biomedical Research Networking Centres (CIBER), Granada, Spain. [Hernán,M] Biomedical Research Networking Center for Epidemiology and Public Health (CIBERESP), Madrid, Spain. [Franco,M] Department of Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD, USA
Keywords: Poder (psicología);Investigación cualitativa;Cambio social;Apoyo social;Mujeres;Autoimagen
metadata.dc.subject.mesh: Medical Subject Headings::Psychiatry and Psychology::Behavior and Behavior Mechanisms::Motivation::Power (Psychology)
Medical Subject Headings::Disciplines and Occupations::Natural Science Disciplines::Science::Research::Empirical Research::Qualitative Research
Medical Subject Headings::Health Care::Population Characteristics::Socioeconomic Factors::Social Change
Medical Subject Headings::Anthropology, Education, Sociology and Social Phenomena::Social Sciences::Sociology::Social Environment::Social Support
Medical Subject Headings::Persons::Persons::Women
Medical Subject Headings::Psychiatry and Psychology::Behavior and Behavior Mechanisms::Personality::Personality Development::Self Concept
Issue Date: 2-Apr-2018
Publisher: Biomed Central
Citation: Budig K, Diez J, Conde P, Sastre M, Hernán M, Franco M. Photovoice and empowerment: evaluating the transformative potential of a participatory action research project. BMC Public Health. 2018;18:432
Abstract: Background Photovoice is a visual research methodology with the intention to foster social change. Photovoice has been used to investigate change in empowerment in vulnerable communities, However, the individual experience of participants involved in Photovoice projects is seldom scrutinized. Our aim was to explore and describe the individual experiences of the female individuals who participated in a previous Photovoice project. We analyzed a change in the women’s empowerment in terms of: 1) gain in knowledge and skills, 2) change in self-perception, and 3) access to and use of resources. Methods This qualitative study took place in the low-income District of Villaverde (Madrid, Spain), from January-June 2016. We conducted 10 semi-structured interviews with the female residents who had participated in the previous Photovoice project. We also collected field notes. We analyzed these data through a direct qualitative content analysis. The three outlined dimensions of empowerment provided guidance for the analysis of the results. Results We found positive changes in the three dimensions of empowerment: 1) participants acquired new knowledge and developed critical awareness of their community; 2) the social recognition participants received transformed their self-perception; and 3) the project allowed them to expand their social networks and to build new links with different actors (research partners, local decision makers, media and the wider public). Conclusions Photovoice projects entail the opportunity for empowering participants. Future research using Photovoice should assess the influence it has on participants’ empowerment changes and how to sustain these individual and social changes.
metadata.dc.identifier.doi: 10.1186/s12889-018-5335-7
ISSN: 1471-2458 (Online)
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