Part 3: Adulthood Interview: In this interview you will use psychosocial and d

Part 3: Adulthood
Interview: In this interview you will use psychosocial and developmental theory. The exercise facilitates your ability to take a theory and apply it in particular circumstances. In short, the interview will help you think about how theoretical models work in real life situations. Follow these instructions:
*You can make it up but it has to sound realistic, as if you actually conducted an interview.
Identify someone who represents a social category (e.g., gender, ethnicity, social class, sexuality, or life cycle stage) different from your own. The person you choose should fall into one of the adult developmental stages that we have talked about in class (early adulthood, middle adulthood, late adulthood, and oldest adulthood). Secure their cooperation and assure them that no names will be used; also, assure them that identifying information will be changed to assure anonymity. Do not select a Ramapo student!
Do not select someone with easily identifiable problems, or someone who easily confesses problems. Instead, choose an interviewee who appears very content, happy, well adjusted, and successful. The interview assignment is not about explaining “problems.” It is about taking the developmental model and applying it to a “typical” person. Why? If the model doesn’t help explain the ordinary, then why should we expect it to explain the extraordinary? This exercise is about how we view the ordinary, typical, and every day.
Interview the individual for two hours. Prepare a list of questions ahead of time and allow the interviewee to review the questions; if the interviewee prefers not to answer one or more of your questions, then delete these before starting the interview. Ask for permission to take notes.
To begin, identify the life stage into which your interviewee fits. Second, read the related chapters in the textbook and two additional sources; together these resources will provide the theoretical lens for your interview. You must create a reference page using APA format that lists the textbook and three outside sources. Third, from these sources, generate a list of questions to be asked of your interviewee. In particular, construct your questions so you can test how close your interviewee’s life stage fits the theory.
Conduct the interview.
Write a 6-7 page, doubled-spaced paper. Your paper should have three sections and must follow this outline:
A. On the first page, summarize the resources; that is, describe how the theory accounts for the particular life stage you are studying. In this section of the paper, you must appropriately cite your references at least once;
B. In the next 2-3 pages, describe the interviewee’s perceptions of their life stage and their environmental situation. Here, describe the answers to your questions without any commentary; that is, describe only what you see and hear during the interview; and,
C. Describe how the person’s culture impacts their perceptions of their life stage and environmental situation.
D. In the final section, compare your interviewee information with the theory you described in section (a). In this section, using the theory and your interviewee information, describe how the theory does or does not fit. Discuss why you think the theory explains your interviewee, or discuss why you do not think the theory explains the interviewee’s life-cycle stage. In this section you can bring in your personal commentary to discuss the limits and potential of the theory. If your theory does not work like the resources suggest, speculate on how the theory should be adjusted, changed, or abandoned. Ask yourself if the theory is sensitive to your interviewee’s cultural history. And finally, discuss how you personally relate to your interviewee’s life stage and then, comment on how your identification (or lack of) might affect your establishment of a helping relationship with the interviewee.
* I sent link to one of the textbooks. The other textbook is called: Dimensions of Human Behavior, The Changing Life Course 6th edition by Elizabeth D. Hutchison. That is where you will find the theories info for the paper.