The use of Photovoice to identify maternal dietary consumption in rural Bangladesh

Stevens, B., Buttner, P., Clough, A., Watt, K., Judd, J., and Brimblecombe, J. (2013) The use of Photovoice to identify maternal dietary consumption in rural Bangladesh. Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism, 63 (Supplement 1). p. 696.

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Background and bjectives: Maternal nutrition is associated with the survival, growth and development of the fetus. Previous formative research conducted by the lead researcher in Pirganj sub-district in northern Bangladesh identified that the male-dominant hierarchical society prevented women of different socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds from freely engaging in focus group discussions, interviews facilitated by male interviewers and other such qualitative research methods. This study aimed to better explore and thus understand maternal nutrition and its determinants through the use of Photovoice in June 2012.

Methods: A participatory research design was adopted to empower pregnant community women as they share their story and ensure a movement away from orthodox relationships between the researcher and the researched. Eight community nutrition volunteers, two supervisors and a research project coordinator participated in a one day training facilitated by the lead researcher of the project. Each community nutrition volunteer briefed and trained one to two participants (n=10) on the use of a digital camera. After a 24-hour period, cameras were collected and all pictures were printed. The community nutrition volunteers revisited the respective women, and led the participants through an in-depth interview process, pivoting around one core question, using the photos to evoke a narrative.

Results: This study identified a number of findings that reveal dietary habits and behaviours and in addition cooking practices, hygiene, household living standards, and food security.

Conclusions: The results indicate that Photovoice can be used in developing rural communities as an alternative to more commonly used qualitative research methods.

Item ID: 44954
Item Type: Article (Abstract)
ISSN: 1421-9697
Date Deposited: 23 Aug 2016 01:36
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1111 Nutrition and Dietetics > 111199 Nutrition and Dietetics not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920507 Womens Health @ 100%
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