Middle Adulthood Interview Paper

Interview someone 40-58.  Your prompts may be different if you interview someone in their 40’s as opposed to someone in their 50’s (info about children vs grandchildren, for example).   Use the questions below to spur your thought processes.  Be sure to add at least 5 more questions to the following if you ask all questions below.  You should have at least 15 questions asked.  Show your questions in bold.  Key the responses from your interview immediately after the question.  Do not bold the answer to the question so it is easily identifiable.

  1. How long do you plan to work before retirement? Do you enjoy your work? Can you tell me about your work?
  2. What are 2 of the most meaningful experiences of your life so far? Describe.
  3. Did you ever want to, or must, “reinvent” yourself? What caused you to do this? What did you do?
  4. Did you live in a different place at 40 than at 50? (or 20’s and 30’s)
  5. What physical changes have occurred during this time of your life?
  6. What are some memorable family vacations?
  7. Have you had to deal with the death of a family member?
  8. What are your spiritual or religious beliefs? Do you attend a church, synagogue, or temple?  How do your spiritual beliefs shape your life?
  9. What is your heaviest responsibility?
  10. What is your most rewarding activity, sport, or hobby?
  11. What has been the most challenging aspect of COVID for you?

After you record the questions and answers from your interview, write a paragraph tying concepts from our textbook to the details related to your interview.  In other words, you will need to locate at least 5 ideas shared by the person interviewed and how these pieces of information confirm what is stated in our textbook.  In your paragraph, be sure to relate the chapter and page/section from our text referenced.  There should be at least 5 paragraphs of information with citations.

At least 5 different sources are to be used in the citations.  One can be the textbook.  The other four are to be reputable, peer-reviewed sources.  Use the other sources to help you determine if the book is providing similar information or not to other resources.  Use APA formatting for source citation on a reference page.

***You may video record this interview if you wish.  However, I believe this interview may be easier for many by just “writing” the information.  Be sure to use good writing and/or speaking skills.  Points will be deducted for lack of proper writing or speaking.