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Assessing emotional and social health using photographs: An innovative research method for rural studies and its applicability in a care-farming program for youth

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Norwood, MF and Lakhani, A and Maujean, A and Downes, M and Fullagar, S and McIntyre, M and Byrne, J and Stewart, A and Barber, BL and Kendall, E, Assessing emotional and social health using photographs: An innovative research method for rural studies and its applicability in a care-farming program for youth, Evaluation and Program Planning, 77 Article 101707. ISSN 0149-7189 (2019) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2019.101707

Abstract

A framework for assessing photographs for the emotional and social health of young people (SHAPE) is described and tested, within the context of a rural program. Two independent raters assessed the photographs of participants. To assess inter-rater reliability, Cohen’ K and Kendall’s W were calculated. The two reviewers’ assessments of photographs were in agreement. The assessment of emotional/behavioural display showed 82% agreement. Agreement between reviewers’ judgements of proxemics (W = .866), interaction (W = .722), engagement (W = .932) and overall impression (W = .804) were all significant (p < .005). The method yielded results indicating that participants found gardening immediately engaging but their approach to equines exhibited a change from fascination to confidence during the program. The visual-diary method is a useful and sensitive method for research: where resources are limited; to complement traditional measures; for use with people who lack appropriate verbal communication or literacy skills to complete questionnaires; young children; other underrepresented groups.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:research design, equine-assisted psychotherapy, horticultural therapy, bonding, human-pet, community-based participatory research, photograph analysis, care farming, youth, mental health, wellbeing, landscape
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Human resources and industrial relations
Research Field:Occupational and workplace health and safety
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Mental health
UTAS Author:Byrne, J (Professor Jason Byrne)
ID Code:138962
Year Published:2019
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Geography and Spatial Science
Deposited On:2020-05-14
Last Modified:2020-07-27
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