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ERIC Number: ED320092
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Apr
Pages: 10
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Interviewing the Nonagenarian.
Cochran, Samuel W.; And Others
This study sought to provide an opportunity for individuals who have passed their 90th birthday to look back over their life and assess the meaning of it all. Subjects (N=4) were located in the community. Five interviews were conducted with each subject at weekly intervals; each interview lasted about an hour and was recorded on audiotape. Interviews focused on family and childhood; adolescence, association with the opposite sex, starting a career, and marriage; the productive years from age 30 to 70; the present age; and present age and beliefs about death and the role that love had played in the subjects' lives. The results indicated that: (1) all subjects were middle-to-upper middle-class and had been married; (2) all expressed amazement anyone would want to interview them; (3) interviewing techniques had to be modified to accommodate sensory impairment of the subjects; (4) subjects were not able to grasp the concept of daydreams; (5) subjects felt insecure in the interview procedure; (6) an attachment developed between interviewer and subject; and (7) questions were answered frankly as if subjects were relieved to find someone interested in what they had to say. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Southwestern Psychological Association (36th, Dallas, TX, April 12-14, 1990). For a related document, see CG 022 598.