Title: The journey of young people in an early psychosis program involved in participatory photography
year: 2016
Journal: British Journal of Occupational Therapy
Volume: 79
Issue: 6
Pages: 368-375
Keywords: Early psychosis,photovoice,experience,mental health,young people
Abstract: IntroductionThe purpose of this study was to examine the experiences and perceptions of young people in an early psychosis program towards participating in a 10-week photovoice and exhibition project and the themes that had emerged from their photographs.MethodPhotographs create meanings and participants are able to tell their stories in a meaningful way. Eleven clients who had gone through a prior 10-week photovoice project and exhibition consented to being interviewed for this study. Clients chose and brought to the interview photos of theirs that had been exhibited. Structured questions were asked to generate discussions.FindingsFindings illustrated that participants were keen to educate the general public on mental health issues. They craved acceptance and were keen to make connections and build relationships. They were their own agents of change. Supportive networks create hope, which in turn helps people with mental health issues to reframe their outlook.ConclusionThe results of this study are important and provide occupational therapists with another tool for intervention and advocacy. As both photovoice and occupational therapy focus on the process rather than the product, occupational therapists can utilize photography in groups creatively to generate more client- and peer-led discussions.
URL: http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0308022615621567
URI: https://open-access.imh.com.sg/handle/123456789/5027
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