Generating Personal Stories on Negative Online Peer Interactions Through a Photo-Elicitation Method

  • Sara PabianEmail author
  • Sara Erreygers


The goal of this chapter is to evaluate the usability of photo-elicitation interviewing (PEI) to collect personal stories from adolescents about their experience of negative online peer interactions, such as cyberbullying. Within this field of research, most studies rely on quantitative data or qualitative data based on interviews and focus group discussions. In exploring the value of this alternative methodology, we first describe, based on previous research, the characteristics and use of PEI. In the second part, PEI’s usefulness is explored in terms of a study with 34 participants aged between 13 and 14 years old. The advantages and disadvantages of using this method are highlighted. The chapter concludes with concrete advice for future researchers wishing to use PEI within the field of negative online peer interactions.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of AntwerpAntwerpBelgium
  2. 2.Research Foundation Flanders (FWO-Vlaanderen)BrusselsBelgium

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