Visual Methods in Research with Migrant and Refugee Children and Young People

  • Marta MoskalEmail author
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This chapter examines how visual methods have been used in understanding and interpreting children’s worlds. Focusing on social sciences engagement with diverse visual methods (like drawing, maps, photographs, and videos), the chapter contributes to the discussion about their value and limitations. The chapter broadly reviews the body of knowledge on the use of children’s images in research. It provides some references to the research in health social sciences, however, focuses particularly on migrants and refugees. Although visual images play a meaningful role in the lives of young people, social sciences still privileges approaches based on words and numbers. Children’s visual methods, however, are gaining increasing interest as many social scientists search for methods that align with the current conceptualization of children as social agents and cultural producers. It has been argued that visual methods can secure participant engagement and reflexivity among a group who may not be comfortable with a traditional survey, interview, or focus group methods. Exploring specific examples of the studies with migrant and refugee children and young people, the chapter demonstrates how visual methods can be evaluated as a research strategy.


Visual research Participatory research Migrant and refugee children Research with young people Children’s perceptions of health and illness 


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  1. 1.Durham UniveristyDurhamUK

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