Intergenerational Photovoice Projects: Optimizing This Mechanism for Influencing Health Promotion Policies and Strengthening Relationships

Carolyn M. Garcia, Rosa Maria Aguilera-Guzman, Sandi Lindgren, Rodolfo Gutierrez, Blanca Raniolo, Therese Genis, Gabriela Vazquez-Benitez, Lisa Clausen

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Intergenerational photovoice groups are promising for promoting health through the topic that is explored and through group dynamics that can foster healthy relationships and communication. To investigate the potential benefits of intergenerational photovoice projects, photovoice groups were conducted in urban Minnesota, United States, and in rural Morelos, Mexico, between 2009 and 2012 with Mexican-origin adults and their adolescent relatives. Seven photovoice groups of adult-adolescent dyads met for eight sessions and developed exhibits highlighting their views on health and migration and made policy recommendations, using messages conveyed through their words and photographs. Informal process evaluation and focus groups were used to elicit feedback about photovoice project participation. Photovoice project themes were descriptively analyzed. Focus group evaluation data were thematically summarized, and facilitator reflections were descriptively summarized to identify factors associated with intergenerational photovoice groups. Seventy-five participants were recruited. Photovoice themes represented effects of migration on health, family, and well-being. The following two evaluative themes were identified: (a) participant sentiments about the benefits of photovoice participation and (b) facilitator observations of intergenerational photovoice group benefits and challenges. Participants described opportunities to learn new things and barriers to healthy relationships that the project was eliminating by providing them with time to work together. Used in health promotion, photovoice is a valuable tool that contributes to understanding the complex underlying factors influencing behaviors and health.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)695-705
Number of pages11
JournalHealth Promotion Practice
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2013

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by a Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health Grant (# K12HD055887) from the National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development administered by the Deborah E. Powell Center for Women’s Health at the University of Minnesota; the PIMSA consortium (Migration and Health Research Program) steered by the Health Initiative of the Americas; School of Public Health University of California, Berkeley; Zeta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International; the School of Nursing Foundation at the University of Minnesota; and El Colegio High School.


  • Mexican
  • adolescent
  • groups
  • intergenerational
  • parent
  • photovoice
  • qualitative

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