Assignment: Adolescence Interview Discussion
The purpose of this assignment is to gain insight into adolescent development by interviewing both an adolescent and adult and analyzing their responses to specific questions.
Identify an adolescent and an adult you can interview for this assignment. The adolescent must be between the ages of 13 to 18 years. The adult must be between the ages of 30 to 60 years.
Let your interviewees know that you will record and analyze their responses to questions about bullying, sexual activity, and adolescent social and educational experiences for a course assignment, but that their identity will be kept anonymous and personally identifiable information will not be shared.
Below are the three questions you will be asking them:
What do you think and feel about bullying? What are your experiences with or observations of bullying? Why do you think bullying happens? What could be done to prevent it?
What do you think is an appropriate age for a person to begin sexual activities with a partner? In what contexts or types of relationships is it appropriate, and what types of sexual activities are appropriate? What do you think are the benefits and risks of engaging in sexual activities with a partner?
Do you think it is easier or more difficult for adolescents to “come of age” (that is, to mature into a young adult) now or a generation ago? When it comes to school, is there or more less pressure on students? What about social experiences, such as making friends and participating in social activities with peers and romantic partners?
Make sure that your interviewees consent to you recording and analyzing their responses. In addition, for the adolescent, obtain consent from their parent or guardian. Note that this is not formal “informed consent” since the data will not be used for research purposes or be publicized. However, it is still important that they know and agree to what you will be doing.
Interview your two participants. Conduct these interviews separately and in locations where your participants can feel comfortable sharing their thoughts and feelings openly. Let them know that they are only being asked to share to the extent that they are comfortable. Allow for at least 15 minutes for each interview, so each question can be explored in depth.
Use the form below to record your interviewees’ responses.
Assignment 7 Interview Form.docx
You can record the interview on your phone or other device and then transcribe it afterwards by playing and pausing the recording as needed. Or you can use technology to automatically generate an audio to text transcript. Below is information on how to use technology to generate a transcript using Microsoft software, which you have access to as a WCC student.
Microsoft: Transcribe Your Recordings
Write a paper with the following structure.
Introduce your two interviewees and the purpose of the paper, which is to analyze the responses to identify and discuss features of adolescent development.
What do the responses reveal about adolescent cognitive development? Compare specific statements made by your adolescent and adult interviewees. Quote these statements and explain how they illustrate differences in cognition between adolescents and adults. Apply specific developmental concepts from the readings, using psychological terminology, and cite the sections from the readings.
What do the responses reveal about socioemotional development? Compare specific statements made by your adolescent and adult interviewees. Quote these statements and explain how they illustrate differences in socioemotional development between adolescents and adults. Apply specific developmental concepts from the readings, using psychological terminology, and cite the sections from the readings.
Reflect upon this activity by discussing what statements were most surprising to you or impacting on your thinking. Explain why. To learn more, what further questions would you ask these two individuals or other persons in these lifespan stages?
Submit your interview form with the complete transcripts and your paper.
Make sure to carefully proofread your paper and run both a spell check and a grammar check. Your paper should be about 2 pages in length, with 1-inch margins, 12-point font, and double spacing.
I look forward to reviewing your work on this assignment. Please let me know if you have any questions about these instructions!
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