Requirements for Essay:
Topic: adolesence past and present
Type: Term paper
Research Paper: Adolescents Today and Yesterday The goal of this
assignment is to develop:
a) familiarity with interview procedures (an important component of
b) the ability to summarize interview data,
c) the ability to find good quality empirical, peer reviewed articles
on adolescent development and to understand the major aspects of these
d) the ability to relate recent adolescent research to the interview
data that has been collected in a critical, integrative, and
Context: Perceptions of adolescents have changed in recent history and
this may or may not affect our current understanding of adolescents.
Using the questions provided below, each student must interview:
1) an adolescent between the age of 18 to 20 years of age, and
2) an individual over the age of 65. Students may interview more
individuals if they wish. The interviews should not require more than
20 minutes of the individual’s time. All the questions listed below
must be asked; however, students may also include some of their own.
1) Summarize information collected from each interview and do a
critical analysis of similarities and differences between adolescents
from the different generations. Do the adolescent experiences from
today and yesterday differ? Are they the same? Make some preliminary
conclusions based on the interview data (1 or 2 paragraphs). This
entire section must be approximately 3 to 4 pages (double spaced).
2) Find a minimum of 4 peer-reviewed, empirical (research) articles
that are related to some of the questions posed to the interviewees
(e.g., peer relationships, romantic relationships, adolescents and
work, adolescent problems). The research articles must have been
published no more than 5 years ago (2004 or later) (please see me or
the T.A. for exceptions to this). Use these research articles to do a
critical analysis of the data collected from the interviews. Are the
interview findings consistent/inconsistent with the findings from the
research articles? Are the interview findings consistent/inconsistent
with what we know about adolescent development (based on the text)? Do
the findings from the research articles/information from the text help
you understand the interview data that you have collected? This
section must be approximately 3 to 4 pages (double spaced).
3) Based on the interview data and information from the research
articles/textbook, make some concluding remarks and provide an overall
summary (approximately one page double spaced).
4) At the end of your paper there must be appendices that include:
a) a copy of the interviews with all the questions that were asked
(with answers written verbatim or as close to verbatim as possible),
b) copies of the abstracts of the journal articles used. You must
include actual copies of the abstracts not a re-typed version. This
means that the first page of each research article that is used must
be included in the appendix.
Failure to include a) and b) will result in a marks deduction.
1. You can use subheadings for each section if you wish but they MUST
BE in APA style (5th edition). Make sure the three different sections
are well integrated and logically connect to each other. Marks
deductions will result if your paper appears to be “three papers in
2. You must provide a reference page at the end of the document which
MUST BE in APA style (5th edition). A marks penalty will be imposed if
the reference page and reference citations in the paper do not follow
correct APA style, or contains a substantial number of errors in the
use of APA style.
3. Double space the ENTIRE paper (so NO EXTRA spaces) except for the
This means the reference page too! PSYC 3510H: Development of
Adolescents and Young Adults Interview of Adolescent: 1
1. How do you feel about school? How much time do you spend doing
homework? What do you plan to do when you graduate?
2. Do you have a part-time job? If so, how many hours a week do you
work? Do you want to work?
3. What kind of clothes do your friends wear? How important is fashion to you?
4. Do you have a boyfriend/girlfriend? If so, how old were you when
you began dating? If not, why? When are you allowed to go on a date?
What do you do on a date?
5. How do you spend your free time?
6. When you get together with your friends, what do you do?
7. What is your biggest problem in life right now?
8. What do you see as the main difference between yourself and
teenagers 50 years ago? What do you think of today's teenagers?
Interview of Senior:
1. Did you attend high school? Did you want to? What kinds of subjects
did you study? What kind of homework did you get? Did most of the
adolescents in your neighborhood go to high school?
2. How many hours per week did you work (not including school-related
work)? How much did you contribute to the family income? Did you want
to go to work?
3. What were your clothes like? Were you concerned about fashion?
4. Did you date in high school? At what age were you allowed to date?
What did you typically do on a date?
5. How did you and your friends spend your free time?
6. What was your most nagging problem as a teenager?
7. What do you see as the main difference between the teenagers of
today and yourself as a teenager? What do you think of today's
Please use this link for sources, this contains peer reviewed journals.
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If you can access the EBSCO databases then you can find some Peer
Reviewed Journals. Its very important to do this assignment. Because I
didn't have anyone to do this assignment.
Other Sources are also welcome but peer reviewed sources is a must.
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