A picture is worth... ? Photo elicitation interviewing with formerly homeless adults

Deborah K. Padgett, Bikki Tran Smith, Katie Sue Derejko, Benjamin F. Henwood, Emmy Tiderington

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We report on the use of photo elicitation interviewing (PEI) with 13 participants in a qualitative study of formerly homeless men and women with serious mental illness. Following a respondent-controlled approach, participants were asked to take up to 18 photographs visually portraying positive and negative aspects of their lives and to subsequently narrate the meaning of the photos in a one-on-one interview. Thematic analysis of the photos (N = 205) revealed two approaches to PEI: (a) a "slice of life" and (b) "then vs. now." Examples show how PEIs yielded deeper, more elaborate accounts of participants' lives compared to earlier verbal-only interviews. Participants spoke of the benefits of PEI and preferred taking positive as opposed to negative photographs depicting their lives. Implications of PEI as a means of complementing verbal-only data are discussed. By moving away from predetermined content and meaning, respondent-controlled PEIs enhance empowerment and enable creativity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1435-1444
Number of pages10
JournalQualitative Health Research
Volume23
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2013

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Keywords

  • homelessness
  • mental health and illness
  • photography / photovoice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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A picture is worth... ? Photo elicitation interviewing with formerly homeless adults. / Padgett, Deborah K.; Smith, Bikki Tran; Derejko, Katie Sue; Henwood, Benjamin F.; Tiderington, Emmy.

In: Qualitative Health Research, Vol. 23, No. 11, 11.2013, p. 1435-1444.

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Padgett, Deborah K. ; Smith, Bikki Tran ; Derejko, Katie Sue ; Henwood, Benjamin F. ; Tiderington, Emmy. / A picture is worth... ? Photo elicitation interviewing with formerly homeless adults. In: Qualitative Health Research. 2013 ; Vol. 23, No. 11. pp. 1435-1444.
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