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Using PAR to promote social justice for older people and people with intellectual disabilities

Wright Bevans, Katie; Richards, Michael


Michael Richards


Qualitative research methods and participatory action research (PAR) share many intrinsic and complementary qualities. We present two cases, one adopted a broader PAR approach, a health promotion project with men with intellectual disabilities, and the other used participatory methods within a longitudinal qualitative study exploring the benefits of community choir participation. We discuss the nature of the methods adopted and how they helped and hindered both research projects. We conclude that despite some common challenges, qualitative studies can benefit from drawing on PAR principles.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 16, 2019
Publication Date Aug 1, 2020
Journal International Review of Qualitative Research
Print ISSN 1940-8447
Publisher University of California Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 13
Issue 2
Pages 219-232
Keywords world cafe, health promotion, creative methods
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