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NEW PSYCH 500 Week 5 Individual Senior City Interview
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Identify a senior citizen and schedule an hour to talk with
him or her face to face. Be sure to tell the person that you
are completing the interview as part of a class assignment
and that the content of the interview is completely
confidential (no names will be used). Conduct an informal
interview, focusing on the participant’s developmental
Consider the following:
• Family history and background
• School environment and educational experience
• Employment (paid/unpaid)
• Social relationships
• Partnerships and parenthood
• Significant life events
• Significant life transitions
• Memorable experiences
In addition to interview data, you may also obtain
information from significant others, behavioral
observations during the interview, and records (e.g. school
reports, family albums, diaries etc).
Part I: Document the questions you asked and the
participant’s responses. This is your interview ‘transcript’
which will be turned in along with your reflective paper.
Part II: Write a 1,000 word reflective paper based on the
interview. In your paper, include information on the
• Most notable aspects of the interview. What topics did
your interviewee respond most strongly to and why?
• Most surprising aspects of the interview: Did any of the
interviewee’s responses surprise you? Explain.
• A commentary about the interviewee’s most significant
or meaningful life events. What stood out as being most
important in his/her life?
• A commentary about the interviewee’s most challenging
transitions. What life transitions did your interviewee
comment on? Did he/she discuss any specific strategies for
coping with difficult life transitions?
• A discussion of what you learned from this experience.
Use the literature in gerontology, wisdom and successful
aging to supplement your paper and support your points.
Include at least three references from scholarly sources.
Format your paper according to APA style.
Click the Assignment Files tab to submit your assignment.