Conduct an interview with someone who falls within the “young adult” age range (25 – 40).
The purpose early in the interview is to help you establish rapport your interviewee. Begin the interview by asking the interviewee “get to know you types of questions” Consider the following: where they grew up, how long they have lived at their present location, ask them about their family (parents, spouse/significant other, children, grandchildren, siblings – whatever is appropriate for your interviewee), what do they like to do (what hobbies and interests do they have?), and any other “get to know you” questions you generate. This part of the interview should last no longer than 30 minutes.
For the second part of the interview, ask about the following: physical development/health habits, cognitive development (intelligence, memory), morality, religion, friendships, romantic relationships, personality, parenthood, employment, death/dying. The success of your interview will be based on the quality of your questions – try to avoid asking simple “yes/no” questions – i.e. do you get along with your parents? and instead consider posting open-ended questions – i.e. “Tell me about your relationship with your parents…and has it changed over time?”. Be ready with potential follow-up questions that may be necessary as the interview progresses.
After you complete the interview, you should submit the interview questions along with the interviewees responses (so be sure to either record the interview or take notes as they are talking). Be sure to type up your questions along with their responses and submit this as a word document.