This term paper is a case analysis of individual development focusing on the life of an older age (55+ years old)
adult of an ethnicity different than your own. This paper should be approached from a systems perspective,
looking at significant features in each facet of the older adults biological, psychological, social and cultural
development. This paper should be analytical, and should not be confessional and you should not disclose any
information about which you or the elder subject is uncomfortable.
Do not simply write a narrative of dates and places and experiences in your subjects life. You must use
scholarly references discussed in the textbook to elucidate the statements and descriptions you include in your
paper. You will need to decide on a structure for this presentation and must draw on the developmental
frameworks we have read and discussed. For example you might use a stage theory to frame the discussion of
development, or you could use a family systems perspective. Be sure to discuss on how factors of risk or
vulnerability and resiliency may have influenced the development of your subject. Conclude the paper by
providing your analysis of the overall development of the subject. Please also include your candid provision of
suggestions for improving the optimum health and well being of the subject.
Please use the text Book: Understanding Human behavior and the social environment Tenth Edition
Charles H. Zastrow
Karen K. Kirst Ashman

Family History Sample Outline and Questions
The following outline can be used to structure a family oral history interview and contains examples of specific questions.
I. Early Childhood and Family Background
II. Teenage Years
III. Adulthood
IV. Overview and Evaluation
I. Early Childhood and Family Background
A. Parents and Family
When and where were you born
Tell me about your parents or your family background
Where was your family originally from
What did your parents do for a living Did you contribute to the family income or help parents in their work in any way
What was your parents’ religious background How was religion observed in your home
What were your parents’ political beliefs What political organizations were they involved in
What other relatives did you have contact with growing up
What do you remember about your grandparents
What stories did you hear about earlier ancestors whom you never knew
How many children were in the family, and where were you in the line-up
Describe what your siblings were like. Who were you closest to
Describe the house you grew up in. Describe your room.
What were your family’s economic circumstances Do you remember any times when money was tight Do you remember having
to do without things you wanted or needed
What were your duties around the house as a child What were the other children’s duties How did duties break down by
When did you learn to cook and who taught you Were there any special family foods or recipes Do you still make any traditional
family foods
What activities did the family do together
What did you do on Christmas Thanksgiving Birthdays Other holidays
B. Community You Grew Up In
Describe the community you grew up in.
Describe your neighborhood.
Where did you shop How far away were these shops and how did you get there
What’s the largest town or city you remember visiting when you were young Can you describe your impressions of it
C. Early Schooling
What was school like for you What did you like about it What was hard about it for you
Who were your friends at school
Who were your favorite teachers
Do you remember teasing or bullying of you or anyone else
D. Friends and Interests
What did you do in your spare time
Who were your friends and what did you do when you got together
Did you have any hobbies
Favorite stories Favorite games or make-believe Favorite toys
What did you want to be when you grew up
II. Teenage Years
A. Changes in Family
How did your relationship with your parents change when you became a teenager
If you had conflict with them, what was it over
Did you have chores around the house What were they
B. School
What were your favorite subjects Particular interests
What were your least favorite subjects
Did you have any memorable teachers Describe their teaching style. How did they influence you
Was it okay for girls to be smart at your school
What were the different groups at your school Which did you belong to How do you think you were perceived by others
Were you involved in any extracurricular activities What were they
What were your plans when you finished school Education Work
What did your parents think of your plans What did your friends think What did your friends plan to do
Did the boys and girls in the family have different plans/expectations
C. Work
Did you have jobs during your teenage years Doing what
Did you contribute to the family income If not, how did you spend your money
D. Social Life and Outside Interests
Who were your friends What did you do together What individuals did you spend the most time with during this period
Was your group of friends single-sex, or did it include both boys and girls
At what age did you begin dating What kinds of activities did you do on dates Describe your first date.
What was your parents’ advice/rules related to dating/contact with opposite sex Did they give you a “birds and bees” lecture Did
you get teaching on this in church or school What was it
What were your peer group’s norms with regard to dating and relationships with the opposite sex
What were your hobbies/interests What books did you read What music did you listen to What sports did you play What crafts
did you participate in
III. Adulthood
A. Further Education
B. Work and Career
C. Marriage or Formation of Significant Relationships
When and where did you meet What drew you to him/her
When and how did you decide to move in together and/or marry
What was originally the most difficult for you about being married/being in a relationship What was most satisfying
What advice would you give to someone today who was contemplating a serious relationship
D. Children
Describe the birth of your children.
What were they each like when they were young How have they changed or not changed
What were their relationships with each other and with you like when they were young Now
What activities did the family do together
What family traditions did you try to establish
Does your family have any heirlooms or objects of sentimental value What is their origin, and how have they been passed down
What was most satisfying to you about raising children What was most difficult
What values did you try to raise your children with How did you go about doing that
What forms of discipline did you use and why
E. Ongoing interests and hobbies
IV. Overview and Evaluation
What has provided you the greatest satisfaction in life
How would you say the world has changed since you were young
Also, ask about historically significant events the family member lived through:
Was your family affected by the Depression
Did you or anyone close to you serve in a war What do you remember of that experience
Did you support or oppose the war in Vietnam How did you express your political opinions
Did you participate in, or do you have any memories of any of the movements that came out of the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s, such as
the civil rights movement, the women’s liberation movement, or the gay liberation movement
If the family member belongs to a group that has traditionally been discriminated against: what were you told, both positive and
negative, about your group inside your family Outside Did you experience discrimination Who were your role models
If the family member is an immigrant or the child/grandchild of immigrants: what do you know of the country you or they came
from Why did you or they immigrate How did you or they immigrate What were some of your or their experiences and
difficulties of beginning a life in a new country
Do you remember your first contact with such significant inventions as radio, television, or a computer When did your family first
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