Intergenerational Interview: My Mother's Stages Of Psychosocial Development

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Intergenerational Interview Paper
Introduction
The person that I interviewed was my mother, Catherine Scurlark. I thought I knew everything there was to know about her, but after this interview I feel like I have a much better perception about who she actually is and how the impact of events has shaped her into the woman that she is today. My mom is 50 years of age – according to Erikson’s Stages of Psychosocial Development, that puts her in the middle adulthood (generativity vs. stagnation) category. I am 20 years old, therefore my Eriksonian stage is the early adulthood, which puts me in the intimacy vs. isolation group. Since my mom is a little over 500 miles away; this interview was over the telephone taken on the day of April 2, 2016.
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My mom received her bachelor’s degree in Education at Lubbock Christian University. She has been one of the most influential women in my life and has molded me to be the strong young woman that I am now.
Normative age-graded life influences According to John Santrock, normative age-grade influences occur in a similar way for most people in a group. (Santrock, 2013, p. 7) Some examples of normative age-grade influences include: parenthood, entering the workforce, a child leaving home for college, having grandchildren, retiring, entering school, and many more influences that are common to people of a chronological age. The first question that I asked my mom is how parenthood shaped her into the person that she currently is. Like any other person would say, parenthood is one of the hardest things she has ever encountered. She also stated that it is rewarding
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Teachers are likely to have high or low expectations on the children that they teach, there is no in-between. My mom’s expectations for each and everyone one of her students is for them to go out and make their mark on the world. She helps them prepare for this by pushing them to their full potential. By placing high expectations for her students, this determines how hard students will work to accomplish a goal because good is expected of them. (Santrock, 2013, p. 577) I know that the information that revealed in our textbook is true because my mom has had extremely high expectations on me over the years and with each task I complete I give my all because her voice is constantly in my head to strive to do better and to give my

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