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Using photovoice to promote young migrants health: benefits and challenges with the method
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehabilitation.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4515-6634
Department of Culture and Media Studies, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden.
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehabilitation.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3876-7202
2019 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Background: Young migrants are a group that are seldom asked to share their experiences of health. More research focusing on an inside perspective on young migrants health is needed. Through photovoice, young people are given the opportunity to document and discuss their lives by using photography.

Purpose of study: Illuminating experiences from collaborating with young migrants to promote health using photovoice, focusing on benefits and challenges with the method.

 Methods/Theory: The study was based on a social perspective on health. Photovoice was the chosen method inviting 28 young migrants in a municipality in northern Sweden aged 16-20 from 5 different countries to take pictures and discussing these with focus on experiences and conditions for health and how health can be promoted. The four step process: 1) Introduction, 2) Photographing session, 3) Workshops, and 4) Final presentation.

 Findings: Using photovoice with young migrants enabled insights into several aspects of the participants’ everyday life inside and outside the school context. The participants could identify health promotion factors but also health challenges in their everyday life. More important, it enabled conversations based on the participants' pictures of their lives rather than questions posed by the researcher. The study also revealed ethical challenges addressing power imbalance and how to reach social change, which is further discussed.

 Conclusion: We recommend using photovoice with young migrants as it proved to be a rich tool to promote critical thinking and discussions allowing self-reflection. However, more research is needed to discuss how to reach social change, the last step of the method. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019.
Keywords [en]
health promotion, photovoice, social change, young migrants
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Other Health Sciences
Research subject
Health Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-74630OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-74630DiVA, id: diva2:1325911
Conference
9th Nordic Health Promotion Research Conference (NHPRC) 12-14 June 2019, Roskilde, Denmark
Available from: 2019-06-17 Created: 2019-06-17 Last updated: 2019-06-17Bibliographically approved

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