A1 Journal article (refereed)
School Bullying Through Graphic Vignettes : Developing a New Arts-Based Method to Study a Sensitive Topic (2020)

Khanolainen, D., & Semenova, E. (2020). School Bullying Through Graphic Vignettes : Developing a New Arts-Based Method to Study a Sensitive Topic. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 19. https://doi.org/10.1177/1609406920922765

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Publication details

All authors or editors: Khanolainen, Daria; Semenova, Elena

Journal or series: International Journal of Qualitative Methods

eISSN: 1609-4069

Publication year: 2020

Volume: 19

Publisher: Sage Publications

Publication country: United Kingdom

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/1609406920922765

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Open Access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/68831


The purpose of this study was to develop a new arts-based measure assessing school bullying and to test it within a pilot study involving 19 schoolchildren (mean age = 15.4; range = 1.00). The researchers designed the new methodological tool (referred to as graphic vignettes) as a set of incomplete comic strips, which participants were asked to complete in a creative way. Researchers then invited participants to engage in follow-up interviews using completed comic strips as individualized interview prompts. The authors detail the design and administration of the graphic vignettes and discuss their efficacy, limitations, and potential applications. The researchers argue that studies on sensitive topics can benefit from a wider dissemination of this arts-based research method. They also assert that the use of creatively co-constructed interview prompts individualizes participant–researcher interactions, placing the power in the hands of participants. The article aims to inspire further development of graphic vignettes.

Keywords: bullying; school bullying; research methods; interview methods; arts-based methods; vignettes

Free keywords: peer aggression; bullying; arts-based research; graphic vignettes; vignettes; story completion; Russia

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Reporting Year: 2020

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