4. Individual Interview Paper
Each student will arrange to spend two hours with a person who has some kind of medical or psychological disorder to observe and interview him/her. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this can be an online contact (such as Skype or Zoom), a telephone interview, etc. The person can be an adult or a child (if a child, you will also need to spend time interviewing a parent or caregiver). The person you choose should not be a relative of the student (and relative is defined as any person related by blood, marriage, or co-habitation) but can be someone you already know, or they can be a person you are meeting for the first time to do this assignment. After spending the time with this person, you will write a paper of a minimum of 8 pages (there is no limitation in terms of a maximum number of pages; if it is not at least 8 pages, there will be a serious deduction, and the page length counts content only, not the face page or the reference page) describing what you observed in the person and what they told you about their condition and their life situation. You will then compare this person’s story with the material you studied for class about a person who has that kind of condition, AND ACTUALLY UTILIZE THAT MATERIAL TO HELP EXPLAIN THE STORY OF THE PERSON YOU INTERVIEWED. THE COURSE MATERIAL SHOULD BE BLENDED IN WITH THE PERSON’S STORY IN A SMOOTH, EXPLANATORY FASHION. How was this person’s story similar to the material you studied for class about that condition, and were there things about the person that appeared to be different from the material you studied? Be sure you give biological explanations for everything you discuss (for example, if you say the person had an MRI done, you need to explain what an MRI does and what it is used for). You should approach writing the essay from the body systems perspective we have used in the course – what body systems are being affected by their condition, and how are they being affected? What kinds of medical or psychological care have they required because of the condition, and how effectively has that care helped them? Have they used any types of alternative treatments in addition to standard medical/psychological care? How has the condition affected the person’s daily life, and has it affected their ability to function in ways that are important to them? Has the condition affected their family’s functioning? What kinds of adaptations has the person made to help them function more effectively? What is their perception of their condition, and how does it illustrate Falvo’s descriptions of chronic illness and disability? What is their view of the future with this condition?
At the beginning of the essay, be sure you give the person’s age and a description of the environment in which you did the observations and interview (were you in the person’s home? Your own home? On the phone? On your computer? etc.). You need to make up a name for the person, using a fictional name for purposes of confidentiality, AND YOU NEED TO STATE THAT YOU ARE USING A FICTIONAL NAME. Papers must be typed and double-spaced (if they are not, they will not be graded and you will receive a zero on the assignment) and must use APA format. STUDENTS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO USE ANY REFERENCE MATERIALS OTHER THAN THE COURSE READING ASSIGNMENTS AND THE CODE OF ETHICS, BUT YOU STILL NEED TO CITE CORRECTLY ANY USE OF READING ASSIGNMENTS IN YOUR ESSAY, along with using personal communication citations when discussing your interview of the person. (See the APA section of this syllabus if you do not know how to do that.) IF YOU USE OTHER OUTSIDE MATERIALS, EVEN IF CITED, YOUR GRADE WILL BE REDUCED SIGNIFICANTLY BECAUSE YOU DID NOT FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS. Creativity and thoroughness are significant aspects of the grading of this essay; if it is shorter than 8 pages, it is not in depth enough in terms of telling the person’s story and comparing their story to class materials, and your grade will be reduced significantly.

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