Gibson, R.C.; Chung, R.; Morgan, Kai A.; Robertson-Hickling, Hilary; Hickling, Frederick W.
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Department of Community Health and Psychiatry
Discourse Analysis and Film Semiotics in an Adolescent Mental Health Intervention [Abstract]
West Indian Medical Journal
Date of Publication
Objective: To test appropriateness of discourse analysis and film semiotics as methodologies for the analysis of videotaped interactions in a community intervention project. Design and Methods: Over a two year period, a community intervention team moderated and videotaped regular group sessions with Jamaican adolescents living in an inner-city area. The sessions encouraged self expression and each involved thirty to sixty children from the same school. Principles of discourse analysis and film semiotics were applied to the video material in order to explore the children's constructions of themselves and their worlds. Conclusions: Discourse analysis and film semiotics are useful methodologies for the analysis of video footage filmed in the context of a community intervention. In the context of Jamaican inner-city youth, some prominent parameters were the concepts of a desire to demonstrate invulnerability, competence as a worthy personal characteristic, taking refuge in the peer group, an interest in satisfying the expectations of adults, a minimization of negative ocurrences, a dislike for rigidity, a distrust for promises and outsiders and shared similarities with other children in other settings.....