In this study,
we aimed to develop and pilot a novel,
qualitative participatory arts-based research method called collaborative filmmaking. This method engages community producers (CPs) as collaborators,
from the initial generation of ideas to answer the research question,
through data collection,
Collaborative filmmaking was used in this study to collect data on menstrual practices in far-west Nepal.
women and girls face numerous restrictions...
The team conducted a feasibility pilot with seven girls aged 16-18 living in a village of Kanchanpur district of far-west Nepal,
located in the country’s southern,
We recruited participants within one village for maximum diversity,
with participants coming from four caste groups and two religious backgrounds.
The inclusion criteria were: Reached menarche; and Experience monthly menstrual cycles. Ethics approval was obtained from the University of Pittsburgh and Nepal Health...
The films highlighted an array of menstrual practices such as keeping distance,
and restrictions in touching,
among others. Though there are a number of commonalities among participants,
the study also revealed a number of distinctions in menstrual practices. Table 1 outlines a sample of the menstrual practices found in this study. Table 1.
Menstrual Practices Menstrual Practices Images and Quotes from Films Keeping distance "This is the shed where I sleep...
Results from the pilot illustrate that collaborative filmmaking is a valuable method for generating scientific knowledge in public health research because it Effectivelyengaged community members as partners and provided them with a set of skills to generate and share their knowledge and beliefs; Facilitatedthe generation of sensory knowledge,
which assisted in developing a nuanced understanding of different menstrual practices and beliefs,
and how those differed between caste and religious...
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Sara Baumann is a PhD student in the Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences in the Graduate School of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh.
Her research is at the intersection of visual methods and public health,
with a focus on participatory filmmaking methods and community-based participatory research.
Her current research explores traditional menstrual practices in Nepal,
where she uses mixed methods to explore beliefs and practices,