2010 Student Research Conference:
23rd Annual Student Research Conference

Photovoice: Assisting Youth in a Juvenile Detention Facility in Telling their Story
Ashley B. Hartman* and Jenna N. Osseck
Dr. Carol Cox, Faculty Mentor

This study used the photovoice method (participants take photographs, tell their stories through the photographs, and then educate policy-makers about concerns represented by the photographs) as a participatory needs assessment/asset inventory in the juvenile detention center setting. The purpose of the project was to empower the youth in documenting their struggles , critically discussing the results, and recommending any improvements to the centers programming from their grassroots perspective. Through the presentation of their photographs to center administration, participants documented strengths and concerns, highlighting important themes including: the significance of family, the centers environment and structure, participants talents, participants coping styles, the role of staff at the center, and participants growth and progression through the centers programming.

Keywords: photovoice, participatory needs assessment, juvenile detention center, youth

Topic(s):Health Science

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 25-4
Location: VH 1000
Time: 10:15

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