The interview questions include: How did you feel when you first learned about the death penalty for your family member? How has the death penalty affected your psychological well-being? What has been the most challenging part of coping with the death penalty for your family member? How has the death penalty impacted your relationships with other family members and friends? What do you think needs to be done to improve the death penalty system in Texas? (Phillips & Steidley, 2020). Do you believe that the death penalty should remain legal in Texas? How has the death penalty process changed since your family member’s execution?
· In order to develop my interview questions, I considered the purpose statement of the research.
· This purpose statement is to investigate the psychological impacts of the death penalty on the immediate family members in the state of Texas. From this purpose statement, I created questions that would help answer the research questions posed in the purpose statement. I asked questions that focused on the family members’ feelings and emotions when they first learned of the death penalty, how it affected their psychological well-being, and the most challenging part of coping with it (Williams et al., 2019).
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· I also asked questions about their views of the death penalty system in Texas, their relationships with other family members and friends, and the changes in their family’s life since the death penalty. Finally, I asked about their faith or belief system and the most favorable outcome of the death penalty.
· My research question was: What is the psychological impact of the death penalty on the immediate family members of the victims in Texas? I wanted to explore the psychological well-being of the family members before and after the execution of their family members, as well as how they cope with the situation.
· I wanted to explore the emotions and feelings they experienced when they first heard of the death penalty, how it has impacted their relationships with other
· family members and friends, and how their faith or belief system has changed. I also wanted to explore the most challenging part of coping with the death penalty and what the most favorable outcome of the death penalty has been.