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Fostering Civic Awareness and Participation Among Older Adults in Hong Kong: An Empowerment-Based Participatory Photo-Voice Training Model.

Authors
  • Chui, Cheryl Hiu-Kwan1
  • Chan, On Fung2
  • Tang, Jennifer Y M2
  • Lum, Terry Yat Sang1
  • 1 Department of Social Work & Social Administration, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong. , (Hong Kong SAR China)
  • 2 Sau Po Centre on Ageing, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong. , (Hong Kong SAR China)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of applied gerontology : the official journal of the Southern Gerontological Society
Publication Date
Sep 01, 2020
Volume
39
Issue
9
Pages
1008–1015
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1177/0733464819838448
PMID: 30895866
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

Social and civic participation are important tenets for both the age-friendly city and active aging frameworks promoted by the World Health Organization. Yet older adults are often under-represented in civic affairs. This study examines the effects of using photo-voice as a method in facilitating older adults' civic participation. Specifically, an empowerment-based participatory photo-voice training model was implemented among older adults with limited formal education in Hong Kong. We conducted three focus groups comprising 12 older adults and one in-depth interview with a social worker. Findings revealed that photo-voice is an effective tool in capturing older adults' views that would have otherwise been difficult to articulate in words or in writing, and in enhancing older adults' ability and willingness to participate in community and civic affairs. These findings underscore the importance of using novel techniques to build a more inclusive society that incorporates the views of older adults.

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