Time Line Drawings: Enhancing Participant Voice in Sensitive-Topic Narrative Interviews

  • Francis Lorraine Guenette University of Victoria
  • E. Anne Marshall University of Victoria


In this article the authors describe the use of time line drawings in sensitive-topic narrative interviews. They present time line drawings as a means of inviting participants to enter into a reflective space and engage their stories with a depth that might not happen without such a representational activity. The authors discuss three examples of research participant drawings.

Author Biographies

Francis Lorraine Guenette, University of Victoria
Social Sciences & Humanities Council of Canada - Doctoral fellow Department of Educational Psychology & Leadership Studies University of Victoria
E. Anne Marshall, University of Victoria
E. Anne Marshall, PhD, RPsych, Professor Educational Psychology & Leadership Studies
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