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FC: Generations Interviews by Kelsi Couch

1: Table Of Contents | Chapter 1 (page 2-7) Michelle Couch's interview Chapter 2 (page 8-13) Lucy interview Chapter 3 (page 14-19) Kelsi Couch's interview Chapter 4 (page 20-21) End Pages

2: Chapter 1 Michelles Interview | (3.3) #1 Of the four parenting styles which include authoritarian, democratic, permissive and uninvolved which parenting style do you remember when you were younger? ---- How I was raised my mother was very strict almost military like I had daily chores, I could not talk back, respect was very important to her and I was afraid of her so I didn't do anything bad. () #2 How much time did you spend outdoors in your youth? ----Very little because of how strict my mom was, I wasn't allowed to learn how how to ride a bike or do outdoor activities because she was afraid I would get hurt. Junior high and up I was involved in my church youth group and was aloud to do outdoor activities with them.

3: (5.1) #3 How did coming into adulthood from adolecence change your life? ----I didn't have to live by my mom's rules anymore, I got married and had a child at 22 so I was forced to become an adult early. (5.2) #4 What losses and gains did you experience while getting older? ---- I had to pay my own way because I wasn't supported anymore, I got married and had a child at 22 so I was forced to become an adult early.

4: (15.1) #5 Do you believe that stress results from our perceptions of demands placed upon us and our evaluations of situations we encounter? And can you give an example of stress in your everyday life? ---- Yes, divorce...raising and supporting children on my own. It's very demanding both mentally and physically and finacially. Trying to set an example which is positive for my children can be stressful. (15.3) #6 What are some strategies you use to cope with stress for example ( acceptance, denial, social support, etc)? ---- Acceptaning that this is how it is and making the best of it. Telling myself it could be a lot worse.

5: (20.1) #7 Do you think other people influence your attitude? Give an example. ---- No I don't think other people influence my attitude, I influence my own attitude. (4.3) #8 When you were younger how did social things influence you? ---- I was involved in a church group so my social activities involved missionary trips and observing less fortunate lifestyles and appreciating what I had. (4.2) #9 How did the transformation from childhood to adulthood develop your identity?

6: ---- I went form being a child, to a wife, and a mother. I am a mother thats my identity. (4.4) #10 How do you feel about gender roles in society like (men should be rugged and women should be sensitive)? ---- I don't believe in gender roles, like I do everything around here, in my house there are no gender roles. I make the money, I cook, I do everything there is no such thing here.

8: Chaptetr 2 Lucy's Interview | (3.3) #1 Of the four parenting styles which include authoritarian, democratic, permissive and uninvolved which parenting style do you remember when you were younger? ---- Authoritarian because my dad was in the military and when he was away at war my mother was very strict with us kids. () #2 How much time did you spend outdoors in your youth? ---- I spent a lot of time outdoors with my brother and sister, our mom owned a pizza show and because of that she was always gone so we would always go outside and play.

9: (5.1) #3 How did coming into adulthood from adolecence change your life? ----I married a man in the military when I was 20 years old, I moved away from my parent's house to a military base far away and had a baby. (5.2) #4 What losses and gains did you experience while getting older? ---- A gain is I was able to purchase my own business, but a major loss was a couple years back I had a bad accident that put me out of work for about a year, but I am now back on my feet and back to normal.

10: (15.1) #5 Do you believe that stress results from our perceptions of demands placed upon us and our evaluations of situations we encounter? And can you give an example of stress in your everyday life? ---- Yes I do. And my husband has alzheimers so between recovering from my accident, running my business, and taking care of my husband, my life is very stressful. (15.3) #6 What are some strategies you use to cope with stress for example ( acceptance, denial, social support, etc)? ---- Gardening! I spend as much time in my garden as I can i find it very relaxing.

11: (20.1) #7 Do you think other people influence your attitude? Give an example. ---- Nobody influences my attitude in anyway. I am my own person. (4.3) #8 When you were younger how did social things influence you? ---- When I was younger we didn't have the influences that kids now-a-days have. Times were simpler then. (4.2) #9 How did the transformation from childhood to adulthood develop your identity? ----I became responsible and was a military wife and a mother.

12: (4.4) #10 How do you feel about gender roles in society like (men should be rugged and women should be sensitive)? ---- I think that gender toles are unfair and that they should not put a label on someone because they are of a certain gender.

15: Chapter 3 Kelsi's Interview | (3.3) #1 Of the four parenting styles which include authoritarian, democratic, permissive and uninvolved which parenting style do you remember when you were younger? ---- My mom used both democratic/authoritarian permissive style. She set rules and boundaries but not very strict ones and i I argue enough with her she can give in but not all the time. I think it was a good combination of parenting styles. () #2 How much time did you spend outdoors in your youth? ---- I spent a lot of time outside because I was very active and would always be playing outside whether it was at recess or jumping on my trampoline or camping. I was always outside.

16: (5.1) #3 How did coming into adulthood from adolecence change your life? ---- I'm not quite into adulthood yet but I'm getting there and so far changing from being a kid to a teenager I have to make a lot of decisions, important ones on my own. I also have a lot of responsabilty and I think it's really preparing me for adulthood. (5.2) #4 What losses and gains did you experience while getting older? ---- I have experienced gains like being able to drive and have more freedoms. Some losses would be having to grow up quickly since college is soon and that's something I don't want to do so much.

17: (15.1) #5 Do you believe that stress results from our perceptions of demands placed upon us and our evaluations of situations we encounter? And can you give an example of stress in your everyday life? ---- Yes. And major stress in my life would be homework because it is something I have to do almost everyday of my life and I hate doing it but knowing it has to be done stresses me out. (15.3) #6 What are some strategies you use to cope with stress for example ( acceptance, denial, social support, etc)? ---- I usually just accept my stress or for example Just get my homework done so that I won't have that stress anymore.

18: (20.1) #7 Do you think other people influence your attitude? Give an example. ---- I think other people influence my attitude because if I'm around negative people it makes me negative and if someones being rude to me it puts me in a bad mood. (4.3) #8 When you were younger how did social things influence you? ---- Social things influence me by like what other people did, I wanted to do. And what other people wore I would want to wear something like it because most people are influenced by society I think. (4.2) #9 How did the transformation from childhood to adulthood develop your identity? ----I think the transition from childhood to adulthood developed my identity by what I learned whether it was what to do or what not to do. Or maybe something I learned at school but most of my surroundings helped me develop my identity.

19: (4.4) #10 How do you feel about gender roles in society like (men should be rugged and women should be sensitive)? ---- I think everyone is there own person and gender stereotypes should not even exist because there are girly guys and manly girls, so you never know.

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