People with intellectual disabilities experiencing loss or bereavement are at risk of developing additional mental health problems, and may struggle to access suitable support. The purpose of this paper is to present the adaptations done while using Photovoice as a creative method for bereaved people with intellectual disabilities participating in a research exploring loss and support. This paper will further briefly add information on how the use of Photovoice supported the development of whole research project.
This paper explores the use of Photovoice as a method of research engagement for bereaved adults with intellectual disabilities. Photovoice enables participants to take and discuss photographs illustrating their loss and support experiences. The paper focusses on a preparatory Photovoice workshop with the research participants, outlining the processes and activities used to maximise involvement, promote learning and achieve shared understanding.
Preparation was the key to the effectiveness of this workshop and it recommends that appropriate adaptions are useful in Photovoice with adults with intellectual disabilities effectively. The paper outlines principles of good practice for using Photovoice in this research context, which may transfer to other similar research settings. Using Photovoice facilitated later one-to-one interviews with the participants, where their photographs were discussed together.
This paper illustrates the innovative use of Photovoice methodology in research involving bereaved people with intellectual disabilities. Photovoice has not previously been used with this specific population within the bereavement and loss context, so this paper adds to the developing evidence base.
The author would like to thank Reach members and staff members from Reach at Asist Advocacy services, Stoke and Staffordshire, for their support in making this workshop successful. Reach is part of Asist, a self-advocacy organisation that supports people with intellectual disabilities to have a voice and speak out.
Tajuria, G., Read, S. and Priest, H. (2017), "Using Photovoice as a method to engage bereaved adults with intellectual disabilities in research: listening, learning and developing good practice principles", Advances in Mental Health and Intellectual Disabilities, Vol. 11 No. 5/6, pp. 196-206. https://doi.org/10.1108/AMHID-11-2016-0033Download as .RIS
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