Draw-and-tell conversations with children about fear

Martha Driessnack

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As the demand to include children in research increases, researchers are discovering that few methods exist that are specifically designed with children in mind. In this article, the author introduces the draw-and-tell conversation as a child-centered and child-directed approach to data collection and illustrates its use in a qualitative study of children's fear experiences. Twenty-two children, ages 7 and 8 years, participated. Sequential mixed qualitative analyses suggest that children's draw-and-tell conversations provide new insight into how children describe and experience fear and highlight the unique nature of information accessed when using this approach.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1414-1435
Number of pages22
JournalQualitative health research
Issue number10
StatePublished - Dec 2006


  • Children's drawings
  • Conversations
  • Draw and tell
  • Fear
  • Linguistic analysis
  • Thematic analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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