How an Arts-Based Youth Participatory Action Research Study Can Prevent Further Marginalizing a Vulnerable Research Population


This case study provides insights into why participatory action research is intentionally selected to critique power imbalances between the researcher and the “researched.” Engaging peer educators from a community-based public health program allowed easy access to youth and the expressive methods they use for their health messages. Arts-based research methods were used to analyze, interpret, and disseminate salient themes that emerged from two qualitative data sources. Public health practitioners can explore the research decisions made in this study to inform how to ethically engage youth, or similarly vulnerable populations, in democratic inquiries into their lives.

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