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Tufts University

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Spring 2014

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South Africa: Community Health and Social Policy


This study will investigate how youth in Cato Manor perceive health in their community using photovoice as the primary methodology. Photovoice is a participatory action research method that gives participants the power to answer research questions through imagery. Participants take pictures in response to a question or prompt, and then describe a self-­‐selected number of pictures using the SHOWED process. This study will employ this methodology to answer the following questions: What objects, people, and events do youth associate with health? How do youth in Cato Manor define health and sickness? The following report will summarize the social and physical determinants of health that participants self-­‐identified in this research process. The main themes that emerged in photographs and discussion included: trash and the environment, substance use, nutrition, physical activity, community institutions, health inequalities, and human-­‐animal interactions. Previous photovoice projects have posed similar research questions to adolescents, but few have involved South African youth.


Community-Based Research | Family, Life Course, and Society | Health Services Research | Inequality and Stratification | Medicine and Health | Place and Environment | Public Health Education and Promotion


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