Using Mindfulness-Informed Photovoice to Explore Stress and Coping in Women Residing in Public Housing in a Low-Resourced Community

Sheila Linz, Kathleen J. Jackson, Rahshida Atkins

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Abstract

The setting of the current study was an urban city where the majority of public housing residents are single females living in poverty. An adapted women’s mindfulness program, including a Photovoice exercise, was offered to this vulnerable population. Stress contributes to poor mental/physical health. A Photovoice research method was used to elucidate the stressors and coping facilitators used by participants. Eleven participants took a digital photography workshop and then photographed stressors and coping facilitators. All 275 photographic submissions were analyzed thematically. Coping themes were: Aesthetics: Man-Made and Natural; Relationships: Pets and People; Self-Esteem and Cultural Identity; and Inspiration Through Religion and Social Media Messaging. Stress themes were: Urban Disarray and Existential Threat/Danger. Results showed that social connectedness, spirituality, improving neighborhood aesthetics, use of social media, and access to nature could support coping.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)23-31
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services
Volume60
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nursing(all)
  • Phychiatric Mental Health

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