Application: Photovoice: An application of PAR

Abigail J. Rolbiecki, Jacquelyn J. Benson

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Over the last several decades, family scholars and other researchers have utilized community-based participatory action research (CBPR) to assess the needs of individuals and communities. Photovoice (PV) is one of the many CBPR approaches used to understand and prevent complex health issues. PV is designed to gather information, foster understanding of participants' experiences with particular health issues, and stimulate social action regarding the unmet needs of marginalized and oppressed individuals and communities (Wang, 1999; Wang & Burris, 1997). At the core of Photovoice is participatory action research (PAR), as the method is based on the premise that people are the experts of their own lives. When empowered to do so, participants of PV can use the method to communicate a lived experience with health or justice issues in a way that stimulates critical, social action (Wang & Burris, 1997).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSourcebook of Family Theories and Methodologies
Subtitle of host publicationA Dynamic Approach
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9783030920029
ISBN (Print)9783030920012
StatePublished - Nov 7 2022


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