Researching children's health experiences: The place for participatory, child-centered, arts-based approaches

Bernie Carter*, Karen Ford

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    Abstract

    A central concern when conducting qualitative health research with children is eliciting data that genuinely reflect their perspectives. Invariably, this involves being child-centered and participatory. Drawing and photography increasingly accompany dialogic methods to facilitate children's communication through arts-based and verbal modes of expression. However, little literature is available on how arts-based tools shape data. We suggest that researchers need to be attentive to how such tools can liberate, constrain and frame data generated by children, drawing attention to the promises of such approaches as well as the conundrums that can arise from their use. We explore the place for participatory, child-centered, arts-based approaches using examples of the use of drawing and photography in our own studies.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)95-107
    Number of pages13
    JournalResearch in Nursing and Health
    Volume36
    Issue number1
    Early online date28 Nov 2012
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2013

    Keywords

    • Arts-based methods
    • Children
    • Health care
    • Participatory research
    • Qualitative research

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