Visions of Health: The GirlPower Photovoice Project

  • Christina R. Miller University of Oklahoma
  • Zermarie Deacon University of Oklahoma
  • Shane R Brady University of Oklahoma
Keywords: Youth participatory action research, PhotoVoice, adolescence, girls, health

Abstract

The perceptions of 12 middle school girls regarding the health promoting and inhibiting aspects of their community were explored using the innovative methodology known as Photovoice that was situated in a youth-participatory-action research (YPAR) methodology. The photographs and resulting focus group discussions revealed overarching themes of Community Health and Safety, Food, Relationships, Socioeconomic Status (SES), Moral Development, and Physical Activity. The themes offer a way to organize the multiple realities of adolescent girls and how they interpret their personal health and the health of their communities, while the outcomes associated with participating in the project provide evidence of gains in self-esteem, collective efficacy, and leadership and advocacy skills.

Published
2021-09-01
How to Cite
Miller, C. R., Deacon, Z., & Brady, S. R. (2021). Visions of Health: The GirlPower Photovoice Project. Journal for Social Action in Counseling & Psychology, 13(1), 43-56. https://doi.org/10.33043/JSACP.13.1.43-56
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Articles