Ethical issues in participatory arts methods for young people with adverse childhood experiences

Pavarini, Gabriela, Smith, Lindsay, Shaughnessy, Nicola, Mankee-Williams, Anna, Thirumalai, Josita Kavitha, Russell, Natalie and Bhui, Kamaldeep (2021) Ethical issues in participatory arts methods for young people with adverse childhood experiences. Health Expectations, 24 (5). pp. 1557-1569. ISSN 1369-7625

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Abstract / Summary

Participatory arts-based methods such as photovoice, drama and music have increasingly been used to engage young people who are exposed to psychosocial risks. These methods have the potential to empower youth and provide them with an accessible and welcoming environment to express and manage difficult feelings and experiences. These effects are, however, dependent on the way these methods are implemented and how potential ethical concerns are handled.

Using the current literature on arts-based health research as a foundation, this paper examines ethical issues emerging from participatory arts methods with young people with traumatic experiences.

We present a typology covering relevant issues such as power, accessibility, communication, trust and ownership, across the domains of partnership working, project entry, participation and dissemination. Drawing on our extensive clinical and research experiences, existing research and novel in-practice examples, we offer guidance for ethical dilemmas that might arise at different phases of research.

Adequate anticipation and consideration of ethical issues, together with the involvement of young people, will help ensure that arts methods are implemented in research and practice with young people in a fair, meaningful and empowering way.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: 10.1111/hex.13314
ISSN: 1369-7625
Subjects: Research
Courses by Department: Academy of Innovation and Research > Research
Depositing User: Anna Mankee-Williams
Date Deposited: 08 Sep 2021 14:23
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2022 16:21


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