艾玛·史密斯,博士研究生 护理和助产学院,正在调查药物滥用”PhotoVoice,' a technique which loans a camera to a research participant 和 asks them to take photographs so they may tell the stories of their community for themselves.

物质滥用:当前的问题

Drug misuse is an international Public Health problem with the United Nations office of Drugs 和 Crime estimating that there are between 16 和 39 million problem drug users worldwide. It is estimated that of a population of 42 million people aged between 15 和 64 years old in the United Kingdom, 330,000人被列为高危阿片类药物使用者. This has led to a rise in drug related deaths in the last ten years which sees no sign of slowing down. 

一些药片的特写镜头

Scientists are still trying to underst和 why some people are able to use drugs recreationally 和 others become addicted.  成瘾以前被描述为一种疾病, 这是制药公司不负责任配药的后果, 个体倾向(如基因)的结果, 或者是一个人生活中发生的负面事件的结果.  The course of one person’s addiction is different for everybody 和 is determined by a number of individual as well as environmental factors. 

就像上瘾, the process of recovery for a person who has decided to limit the effects of drug 和 alcohol on their lives is also very personal 和 will be different for everybody.  人 engaging with recovery services routinely report feelings of a stigma against them as well as changes in how they identify themselves. 这发生在他们从一个认为自己是瘾君子的人转变的过程中, 给“康复中”的人. 了解一个人在康复过程的不同阶段是如何看待世界的 至关重要的 根据不同需要提供不同的恢复服务. This is why it is very important that research is done to underst和 the experiences of individual people 和 that researchers employ different 和 creative methods to allow people to express themselves beyond speech. 这就是“PhotoVoice”可以发挥作用的地方.

什么是PhotoVoice?'

'PhotoVoice' is a method of research which aims to allow people to tell their stories for themselves. 在一个“PhotoVoice”项目中, a group of people are given cameras 和 asked to take pictures of their experiences 和 how these relate to their community. Participants take the photographs back to the researcher 和 the photographs are used as a catalyst for discussion during an interview to learn things about an individual’s life. “PhotoVoice”有三个主要目标:

  • 让参加者记录及反思社区的优势及关注事项
  • 促进对重要社区议题的讨论
  • 达到的利益相关者.“利益相关者是那些能够在参与者的社区中创造改变的人. 他们可以是能够改变规则的人, 工作在恢复服务或其他感兴趣的团体.

 

一张两只手互相触碰的照片. 一只手从相机里伸出来.

The photographs are generally chosen 和 curated by participants to create an art exhibit as a way to reach the stakeholders. This allows the stories of participants to be shared with people who might be unfamiliar with struggles in their communities as well as with people who might actively be able to create a change. The ‘Photo’ in 'PhotoVoice' st和s for photography while the ‘Voice’ refers to the voice that is given to participants in sharing their world view with a researcher 和 with a wider audience.  It is hoped that participants find this process empowering by being in control of the research process 和 telling their story the way they want to tell it.

因为它强调社区和参与者赋权, “照片之声”的拍摄对象往往是社会的边缘群体.  这方面的例子包括已经完成的项目 无翼的退伍军人后种族隔离南非的黑人同性恋者,以及被社会孤立的老年人. 就像我希望做的研究一样, 这包括那些正在从吸毒和酗酒中恢复的人.  

我打算做什么?

在我的研究计划中, I am hoping to learn about the experiences of people in recovery from drugs 和 alcohol using 'PhotoVoice' as the method for my research. The chronic 和 relapsing nature of problem drug use make it a particularly interesting group of people on which to focus a 'PhotoVoice' project. There is a high prevalence of other long-term mental 和 physical health issues present in people who are struggling with addiction. The marginalization 和 generally low socio-economic status of problem drug users align this group among some of the most disenfranchised in Engl和 who are living with long term conditions. There has also been no other research to date to attempt to underst和 how the use of photographs can be used as a tool to underst和 the experiences of people seeking support in their recovery from addiction.

I will be doing my research at a recovery organisation in Bristol with a group of 10-12 people who are in recovery from substance misuse. Over a six month period of time I will conduct a 'PhotoVoice' project with this group of participants, allowing them to have control over what they photograph 和 what we speak about during the interviews. It is hoped that by the end of the project we will have not only a set of photographs which accurately portray the experiences of participants, but more information as researchers regarding how the use of digital photography can effect a person’s recovery from substance misuse. 

 

来自护理和助产学院的研究学生艾玛·史密斯的照片

艾玛·史密斯来自亚特兰大, Georgia 和 graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Georgia in 2014. She recently graduated with a Masters in Public Health from the University of Dundee in 2018 和 began her PhD studies at the 巴黎人贵宾厅 thereafter. 她的博士学位是由 Dr.旋律卡特, Dr. 保罗·黑兹尔, Dr. 伊莱恩Walket

护理和助产学院提供两种 研究学位课程 in the 心理学院: Master of Philosophy (MPhil) 和 Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) as well as undergraduate degree qualifications such as 护理二元同步通信 和 护理副FdSc.

巴黎人贵宾厅心理学院 提供了 本科, 研究生研究学位

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