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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 history.
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,
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 following:
• 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.