≪Organizer Abstract≫
Visual Narrative is a relatively new approach in the qualitative analysis tradition. Instead of using visual data as supplemental sources of traditional narrative analysis, this new approach encourages the participants to express their emotions and concepts/ideas of an event or phenomenon through primarily visual form. In this symposium, we present different mediums of visual narratives that explore various research topics. They include the use of drawings to understand children's social cognition, various social roles and experiences as well as their perceptions of illness; collection of family photographs to explore understanding of one's family structures and dynamics; and a documentary film as a means to explore the psychosocial strengths of former Japanese suicide pilots during WWII. All presentations pay particular attention to how these specific methods are beneficial to the topics they explore. The theoretical, methodological and practical contributions will be examined.
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