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|Author||Yonas, M., A.; Burke, J., G.; Rak, K., ; Bennerr, A., ; Kelly, V., ; Gielen, A., C.|
|Title||A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words: Engaging Youth in CBPR Using the Creative Arts.|
Yonas, M. A., Burke, J. G., Rak, K., Bennerr, A., Kelly, V., & Gielen, A. C. (2009). A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words: Engaging Youth in CBPR Using the Creative Arts. Programme Community Health Partnership, Volume 3, Issue 4, Pages 349-358.
|Keywords||youth; community; creative arts; community engagement; safety; health
|Link to article|| https://doi.org/10.1353/cpr.0.0090
|Abstract||Using the creative arts, this study examined and illustrates the perspectives of how community factors influence safety and violence. Through the use of an innovative methodology (Visual Voices), the authors analysed the perspectives on safety and violence of 22 African-American youth in Baltimore and Pittsburgh. The group from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, lived in a subsidized housing community and attended an after-school program. The two groups were similar demographically. For both sites, the age eligibility ranged from 8 to 15. The Baltimore sample included five girls and four boys, ages 8 to 14. The Pittsburgh sample included nine girls and four boys, ages 11 to 15 years.
|Metodology||Visual Voices is an arts-based participatory data collection method designed to work together with young people and communities to collaboratively elicit, examine, and celebrate the perspectives of youth. This method included creative arts-based writing, drawing, and painting activities designed to yield culturally relevant data generated and explored by youth. Qualitative data were captured through the creative content of writings, drawings, and paintings created by the youths as well as transcripts from audio recorded group discussion. Data was analyzed for thematic content and triangulated across traditional and nontraditional mediums. Findings were interpreted with participants and shared publicly for further reflection and utilization.
|Findings||Yonas et al. found that young participants identified a range of issues related to community factors, community safety, and violence. The arts could be a factor in creating safe spaces where social skills and social interaction develop.