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Using Photo-Elicitation to Explore Families’ Experiences of Burn Camp

Armstrong-James, Laura; Cadogan, Julia; Williamson, Heidi; Rumsey, Nichola; Harcourt, Diana

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Laura O'Brien
Occasional Associate Lecturer - HAS HSS

Julia Cadogan

Heidi Williamson
Associate Professor in Applied Health Research

Diana Harcourt
Professor in Appearance Research


© The Author(s) 2018. A qualitative study using photo-elicitation was conducted to investigate the experiences of family members attending a residential burn camp. Six families were provided with cameras and asked to take photographs of their time at camp. They were subsequently interviewed about their experiences of camp, using their photographs as prompts. Thematic analysis of interview transcripts identified three main themes: benefits for the family as a whole (new activities and experiences and lasting impacts), benefits for the child (having fun without feeling different), and benefits for the parent/carer (support from those who understand). This is the first study to specifically investigate the experience of the whole family at a burn camp and suggests that attendance may offer a number of benefits for parents/carers and children. Photo-elicitation was an effective method for encouraging participants to recall and discuss their time at camp, and should be considered in future burns research.


Armstrong-James, L., Cadogan, J., Williamson, H., Rumsey, N., & Harcourt, D. (2019). Using Photo-Elicitation to Explore Families’ Experiences of Burn Camp. Journal of Family Nursing, 25(1), 81-108.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 10, 2018
Online Publication Date Dec 17, 2018
Publication Date Feb 1, 2019
Deposit Date Sep 17, 2018
Publicly Available Date Sep 17, 2018
Journal Journal of Family Nursing
Print ISSN 1074-8407
Electronic ISSN 1552-549X
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 25
Issue 1
Pages 81-108
Keywords family, burn camp, photography, psychosocial, support, visible difference
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Additional Information Additional Information : © 2019. Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications


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