Child Growth & Development

Choose a child or adolescent to interview. If the child is 6-11 years (and not in

middle school), use chapters 11-13 for your evaluation. If the child is 11-17

years (and in middle school or high school), use chapters 14-16 for your



Biographical Data:

1. first name only, sex, and age of person interviewed

2. share some information about the interviewee’s family situation:

parents and other adults in the home, ages and sex of siblings, brief

neighborhood description

3. your relationship to the person who interviewed


Interview Questions:

These questions may be asked in any order – be

sensitive to the age, feelings, and cognitive understanding of the person you

are interviewing. You may need to reword or explain what you are asking

using simpler language for younger children. You may need to ask your

interviewee to add details or additional information in order to get a complete

answer, but be careful not to suggest answers.

1. How do you feel about yourself physically? What changes have you

noticed? What do you notice about yourself in comparison to your

friends or classmates?

2. What do you see as the greatest problem facing the world? Why do

you think this is such a big problem? What can be done to develop a

solution to this problem?

3. What is the greatest fear/concern facing you personally right now?

Do you think other people your age have this same fear? What are you

doing to resolve this fear/concern?

4. How do you choose your friends? What kinds of activities do you

enjoy doing with them? What do you do if you have a disagreement

with a close friend?

5. What are your career aspirations? (What do you want to be when

you grow up?) Why are you interested in this career?

6. Answer the question “Who am I?” in 2-3 sentences. Tell me

something about how you see yourself; who you are.

7. Describe a moral dilemma such as: “You are spending the afternoon

with a friend of yours who isn’t very popular. You run into a group of

your friends who invite you to go to a movie but they say that your

unpopular friend can’t come.

What is the right thing to do?”

8. Develop one question of your own to ask your interviewee.

III. Use the appropriate chapters in your text to write a brief but complete

analysis of where the person who interviewed is developmentally. According

to the information about middle childhood or adolescence in your text, how

does the child/teenager you interviewed compare to the text descriptions for

physical, social, emotional, moral, and cognitive development?

IV. Your personal insights, comments, and opinions:

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