Psychological effects of Capital Punishment
In a 2019 study, “The psychological effects of capital punishment upon those directly involved in it, including prisoners and their families, and prison personnel have been largely ignored” (Watkins, 2019, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology). Texas is the US’s most executed state (Watkins et al. 2019, 2019). This is particularly alarming. Another study published in the Journal of Social and Political Psychology in 2021 found that exposure to capital punishment is associated with increased anxiety and post-traumatic stress symptoms among prison staff (Bronson & Berzofsky, 2021). These conditions can cause serious mental problems and adverse effects on individuals’ well-being. Death row inmates’ families have been found to suffer from negative effects due to the death penalty. A study published in the journal Psychological Trauma in 2020 found that family members of death row inmates experience elevated levels of stress and trauma that can lead to long-term psychological problems (Harrison & Bluestone, 2020). Cont…
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