Lifespan development also draws on ideas from the theory of evolution that we adapt in order to ensure that we survive. So as society, culture and history change we must adapt to these changes to ensure our survival. Social/cultural/historical influences play an important part within human development. One way of examining lifestyle development is by interviewing people about their life experiences and giving them the opportunity to highlight any influence on their development. The following project seeks to do as such, which leads me to the title:
What are the similarities and differences between Tony and Jo’s childhood and life experiences compared with their own children’s, and what have been the main sources of influence on their development? Method A videotape pre-recorded by the Open University contains three semi structured interviews conducted by three different interviewers on the same two participants Tony and Jo, a married middle aged couple.
The interviews are conducted in succession, the first interviewer Jane Tobbell has known the couple for some time, the second (Dan Goodley) and third (Carol Tindall) have not met them before.
The interviews are filmed by a camera crew. Along with the video tape, I had access to the transcript of the interviews. Within psychological research ethical issues need to be considered, I believe they have for the purpose of this project. The couple Jo and Tony’s surnames are not available to myself which protects their anonymity, within the interviews the participants are not pressurized into responding in a particular way, the questions they are asked are open ended and the interviews appear to be relaxed.
The participants are treated with respect and the responses by the interviewers are non-judgemental. In the third interview the participants are encouraged to give feedback on the styles of the interviewers which acknowledges that they are involved in the research process and their input is important. This is the first qualitative project that I have undertaken whilst studying the Open University course DSE 212 Exploring Psychology.
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