Interviews of Adolescents

You will be asked to conduct interviews with two separate adolescents (ages 12-17). These should be people who live outside of your household and/or immediate family – I want you to gain an appreciation of the lives of other adolescents. These interviews should last 15-20 minutes and you may do them in person, over the phone, or Skype. Before interviewing an individual, make sure they understand that they do not have to answer any of the questions and that their participation is completely voluntary. You will be asked to write a summary of what was said (not a transcript of what they said, but a general summary) and integrate their responses into course material. Do not just turn in a transcript of what they said, instead summarize what you heard them say and then integrate what you have learned in class or from the text. Each paper should each be 3-4 pages each (double spaced) in length, 10-12 point font, with 1 inch margins. They are to be submitted via CANVAS as an attachment file.

The following is an outline of interview questions to ask:

What is the best thing about being a teenager?
What is the worst thing about being a teenager?
What are some of your expectations of how your life will be?
What are some of the risky behaviors that teens get involved with today? Why?
What is something you wished that adults understood about teenagers (but usually don’t)?
Describe your family life. What is good about it? What could be better?
Describe your relationships with your friends? With a romantic partner?
What would be most beneficial for teens to develop into successful and well-adjusted adults?

Sample Solution