PSYC 260 West Coast University Life Span Interview Analysis Paper

PSYC 260

West Coast University


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Identify two people or a caregiver (as in the case of an infant), who represent two different stages of the life span—ideally, two who do not identify with your own current stage of life span development—and set up an brief 15–20 minute interview with them for this assignment. For example, select an adolescent and a senior in late adulthood, or the parent of a newborn and a child in late childhood.

Conversationally interview these two people in order to compare what you have learned here in class, through the textbook, lectures, and videos, with their perception of what it is actually like to be in their stage of life.

Interviews may be done via phone, Skype, email, etc. Take notes or record (with permission) your interview.

Below are some suggestions for your conversation. You do not need to cover all of these topics in your paper, but they will help you shape your discussion. Be sure to note which topics you discuss.

PSYC 290 Interview Questions

In your write up, tell us the gender, age, identified life stage of development, and cultural identification(s) of the individuals you interviewed. Be sure to maintain each individual’s privacy and confidentiality when asked to do so. Summarize the topics you discussed and share your interviewees' responses (you may paraphrase and quote).

In your paper, after you have shared what the interviewees discussed, share your thoughts on the process of talking with someone about their place in the life span. Did you learn anything from your conversations that you did not learn in the academic materials? How accurate do you think psychologists have been in identifying and classifying the different life stages? Explain.

  • Your paper should be 2–4 pages long not including the title and reference pages.
  • Be sure to include a brief introduction and a conclusion to your paper.
  • Use current APA Style throughout, include a title page, cite your interviews parenthetically within the paper, and include a reference page for any other resources you use, such as your text or course materials.

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• • • • • • • • Which life span period do they think they belong to (offer them the names, not the ages, of the life span). For example, ask, "Would you consider yourself to be a part of young adulthood or middle adulthood?" Ask them to explain why. Tell them a little bit about the chronological life span they belong to and ask them if they can relate to the characteristics associated with that period. Why or why not? Point out specific facts or studies you learned about for their specific stage of the life span and ask them their thoughts. Do they agree or disagree? Do they have a similar experience they can share? Explain nature versus nurture and ask them which one they feel influenced them most. If appropriate to the life stage, ask if they ever experienced: midlife crisis, ageism, gender bias. Show one of the videos and ask your interviewee what their thoughts are. Do they agree or disagree? Ask them what advice they would give to someone entering their stage of the life span and explain why. What challenges do they face at their life stage? Do they feel these challenges are common among others within the same life stage, or do they feel unique in these challenges? ...
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Life Span Interview



People living in different lifespans have different views about how their life has been
since birth to the moment they are living. These views are basically based on life experiences,
interactions, good and bad moments. People expect their stories to be similar, but this is not the
case because we are all inspired differently and by different life events (Jung and Takeuchi,
2018). This paper gives the results of interviews conducted on two people from different lifespan
stages that comprised senior adulthood and adolescent stage. The interview was conducted with a
specific set of questions that shall be addressed in the results. Questions included whether they
identified with the general perception of the lifespan they were in and whether they feel most
influenced by nature or nurture. Finally, the respondents were asked to give advice to people
who were entering the lifespan they were in and also give the challenges they face in that stage
of development. NB: Names used in this paper are not the real names of the respondents. The
privacy and confidentiality of the respondents were of importance and applied where necessary.
Interview Response Results
Respondent in Senior Adulthood
The first interviewee was Mr. Jones, who was an elderly man in his senior adulthood
(87). He offered effective insight and an overview of hi...

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