Next week, the TLC network will premiere "My Life As A Child" — a TV show where 20 children were chosen to videotape their lives over a period of 4 months. The topics these kids cover are anything but childish. The preview of the show touches on racism, social class issues, sexism and disabilities, all discussed by children under 12 years old who have already dealt with these situations.
One of our projects, Video Intervention/Prevention Assessment (VIA), takes a similar approach to learning about children’s lives. For the last 13 years, VIA participants aged 8 and older have videotaped their own lives, giving an inside look at what it’s like to live with chronic illness. After using qualitative analysis methods to find commonalities and differences between participants, VIA researchers are able to learn more about issues such as quality of life, medication use, and challenges that youth with illness experience daily.