Girls and Young Women Negotiate Wellbeing during COVID-19 in Quebec

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  • 1 Myriagone, University of Montreal, Canada jennifer.thompson@umontreal.ca
  • 2 Myriagone, University of Montreal, Canada sarah.fraser.1@umontreal.ca
  • 3 School of Psychoeducation, University of Montreal, Canada rocio.macabena.perez@umontreal.ca
  • 4 School of Psychoeducation, University of Montreal, Canada charlotte.paquette@umontreal.ca
  • 5 Myriagone and School of Public Health, University of Montreal, Canada katherin.frohlich@umontreal.ca
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Abstract

In this article, we feature photographs and cellphilms produced by 13 girls and young women (aged 13 to 19) from urban, rural, and Indigenous areas of Quebec, Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic. Framed within girls’ studies, we present girls’ and young women's creations and co-analysis about wellbeing during a period of lockdown. We explore how girls and young women restructured their routines at home as well as negotiated motivation and the pressure to be productive. We note that girls had more time than usual for creative activities and self-discovery and that they engaged with the politics of the pandemic and advocated for collective forms of wellbeing. Importantly, girls reported that participating in this research improved their wellbeing during this lockdown.

Contributor Notes

Jennifer Thompson (ORCID: 0000-0003-2921-6887) is a postdoctoral fellow with Myriagone at the University of Montreal, with experience in participatory visual research. Email: jennifer.thompson@umontreal.ca

Sarah Fraser (ORCID: 0000-0001-7754-2412), co-chair of Myriagone, the McConnell-University of Montreal Chair in Youth Knowledge Mobilization, is an Associate Professor in Psychoeducation at the University of Montreal with a focus on Indigenous community mobilization. Email: sarah.fraser.1@umontreal.ca

Rocio Macabena Perez (ORCID: 0000-0002-0393-8438) is a doctoral student in the School of Psychoeducation at the University of Montreal evaluating community-based art programing. Email: rocio.macabena. perez@umontreal.ca

Charlotte Paquette (ORCID: 0000-0002-0336-0453) is a Master's student in the School of Psychoeducation at the University of Montreal investigating gaming addiction. Email: charlotte.paquette@umontreal.ca

Katherine L. Frohlich (ORCID: 0000-0002-5519-2455), co-chair of Myriagone, is a Professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Montreal with a focus on social inequities in urban youth health. Email: katherine.frohlich@umontreal.ca

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