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

Pavarini, Gabriella, Smith, Lindsay, Shaughnessy, Nicola, Mankee-Williams, Anna, Thirumalai, Josita Kavitha, Russell, Natalie, Bhui, Kamaldeep (2021) Ethical issues in participatory arts methods for young people with adverse childhood experiences. Health Expectations, . E-ISSN 1369-7625. (doi:10.1111/hex.13314) (KAR id:89729)


Context: 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. Objective: 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. Results: 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. Conclusion: 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. Patient or Public Contribution: The issues reviewed are largely based on the authors' experience conducting participatory research. Each of the projects referenced has its own systems for PPI including, variously, consultations with advisory groups, coproduction, youth ambassadors and mentor schemes. One of the coauthors, Josita Kavitha Thirumalai, is a young person trained in peer support and has provided extensive input across all stages.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1111/hex.13314
Projects: ATTUNE
Uncontrolled keywords: ethics, participatory arts
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF41 Psychology and philosophy
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1600 Drama
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of Arts
Funders: [37325] UNSPECIFIED
Depositing User: Nicola Shaughnessy
Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2021 12:55 UTC
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2024 15:22 UTC
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