Title

PhotoVoice

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Location

SURC Ballroom A

Start Date

17-5-2012

End Date

17-5-2012

Abstract

Alcohol consumption on college campuses may be over exaggerated by the media and under exaggerated by others. This may result in a distorted view of college drinking and behaviors. In order to understand how best to serve this population from a public health standpoint, an accurate portrayal of the attitudes and behaviors of college students around this subject was needed. The goal of this Photovoice poster was to showcase a study done by CWU students to research this question. We got a volunteer group of 10 college students to conduct this research (they themselves chose to take part after learning of the project), in the hopes that it would be more controlled and less influenced by authority figures. These researchers took photos of their own lives and their perceptions of alcohol consumption on Central Washington University’s campus. These photos were presented at weekly meetings and discussed, using a specific set of questions used in social studies research. The questions (the set of specific questions asked was called “SHOWED”) tended to make the student researchers focus on what the pictures meant in a social context.. This Photovoice process was created by 2 researchers at the University of London in 1992. This social research method has been used for all different kinds of populations, specifically homeless children in Ann Harbor, Michigan and also brain surgery patients. This poster is to present the results of this study on alcohol consumption and inform the public of the norms on our campus in 2012.

Poster Number

13

Faculty Mentor(s)

Rebecca Pearson

Additional Mentoring Department

Other

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PhotoVoice

SURC Ballroom A

Alcohol consumption on college campuses may be over exaggerated by the media and under exaggerated by others. This may result in a distorted view of college drinking and behaviors. In order to understand how best to serve this population from a public health standpoint, an accurate portrayal of the attitudes and behaviors of college students around this subject was needed. The goal of this Photovoice poster was to showcase a study done by CWU students to research this question. We got a volunteer group of 10 college students to conduct this research (they themselves chose to take part after learning of the project), in the hopes that it would be more controlled and less influenced by authority figures. These researchers took photos of their own lives and their perceptions of alcohol consumption on Central Washington University’s campus. These photos were presented at weekly meetings and discussed, using a specific set of questions used in social studies research. The questions (the set of specific questions asked was called “SHOWED”) tended to make the student researchers focus on what the pictures meant in a social context.. This Photovoice process was created by 2 researchers at the University of London in 1992. This social research method has been used for all different kinds of populations, specifically homeless children in Ann Harbor, Michigan and also brain surgery patients. This poster is to present the results of this study on alcohol consumption and inform the public of the norms on our campus in 2012.