Throughout the Human Behavior and Social Environment I and II courses, you have explored the biological, psychological, and sociological aspects of different phases of the human life span. You have explored life-span development theories that help to explain human behavior. You also have considered how the social environment influences individuals and their behavior.
Gathering facts about a client's life span through the interview process is an important social work skill. This week, you practice this skill by interviewing an older adult using the questions in the Life Span Interview document available in this week's resources. For this week's Assignment you transform your interview notes into a narrative—that is, a life story—of the older adult you interviewed. You interweave within this narrative an analysis of the life story by applying person and the environment concepts to your understanding and interpretation of that story.
Submit a 3- to 5-page paper in which you provide a narrative analysis of the Life Span Interview you completed. The paper should:
Support your Assignment with specific references to the resources. Be sure to provide full APA citations for your references.
Dybicz, P. (2012). The hero(ine) on a journey: A postmodern conceptual framework for social work practice. Journal of Social Work Education, 48(2), 267–283.
Note: You will access this article from the Walden Library databases.
Villadsen, K. (2008). 'Polyphonic' welfare: Luhmann's systems theory applied to modern social work. International Journal of Social Welfare, 17(1), 65–73.
Zastrow, C. H., & Kirst-Ashman, K. K. (2016). Understanding human behavior and the social environment (10th ed.). Boston, MA: Cengage Learning.
You will have to use your imagination for the individual you portray.
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SOCW 6210: Human Behavior and the Social Environment II
Week 10 LIFE SPAN INTERVIEW
Below are some questions to start the conversation with your interviewee. Do not hesitate to add additional questions as needed. You are encouraged to reach out to a senior center, adult living facility, or nursing home to locate an interviewee. When interviewing an individual, please consider how to show respect to an individual of this age within their cultural values.
Begin your interview with demographics……………. How do you prefer to be addressed? What is your age? Where were you born? How do you identify your ethnicity? How do you identify your gender?
Remembering the Past……………………. What is your earliest memory? Who were your friends when you were growing up? Did you maintain those friendships throughout life? Any reason why or why not? What was your favorite thing to do for fun (movies, beach, etc.) growing up? In your young/middle adult years? As an older adult? What was school like for you as a child? What were your best and worst subjects? Over the years…………… What was the happiest moment of your life?
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What world events had the most impact on you? Do you have military experience? If so, how did it mold you as a person? Was religion/spirituality a part of your youth? Adulthood? Currently? Who is the person who influenced your life the most? Have you lost a loved one? If so, how has that loss affected your life? What are some of the most important lessons you feel you have learned over the course of your life? As you look back over your life, do you see any “turning points”; that is, a key event or experience that changed the course of your life or set you on a different track? What are some of the important choices or decisions you made that you have learned from? What are you most proud of? How would you like to be remembered?
Currently Experiencing…………………………. What has been your experience with aging? (physically, socially, environmentally) How would you define successful aging? Do you have any challenges to access to healthcare? How do you see yourself today? [elder, senior, older adult; use this term in the following questions] How are your friendships as a [use term identified by individual]? Are you involved with [use term identified by individual] activities or social clubs? What does this mean for you? Have you had any experiences with services not being available to you as a [use term identified by individual]? Have you experienced discrimination as a [use term identified by individual]? Other types of discrimination?
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