“Beyond Words”: A researcher’s guide to using photo elicitation in psychology

Elizabeth A Bates, Joe McCann, Linda Kaye, Julie Taylor

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The use of photo elicitation is limited within the field of psychology despite its theoretical and practical potential. It offers significant benefits as a qualitative method that could present a new and interesting way of exploring previously understood topics within the discipline. Within our discussions, we present a Step-by-Step guide in which we outline the key practical stages, as well as ethical assurances involved in photo elicitation research, using our ongoing research as an illustrative example. It is intended that this could be used as a model of good practice for developing research paradigms beyond those typically used within the psychology discipline.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)459-481
JournalQualitative Research in Psychology
Issue number4
Early online date25 Jul 2017
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 25 Jul 2017


  • Photo elicitation
  • qualitative
  • interviews
  • psychology


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