This research problem meets the litmus test because it is researchable and has not yet been studied comprehensively. It is an essential issue with potential implications for policy and justice. The research gap in this topic is that no existing research looks explicitly into the psychological effects of the death penalty in Texas. To better reveal this gap, further research can be conducted better to understand the psychological impacts of the death penalty. This research could include qualitative interviews with those affected by the death penalty in Texas, such as family members of those on death row, legal professionals, and mental health professionals (Paul & Criado, 2020).
In order to expertly respond to the qualitative checklist for Chapters 1 through 3, I will need to master a range of skills and subject matter areas. Most importantly, I will need to understand the research topic in depth, including the relevant literature, current debates, and potential implications. Additionally, I will need to become proficient in qualitative methods, such as conducting interviews, analyzing data, and writing results. Furthermore, I will need to thoroughly understand the research process, including creating a research question, developing a research design, and presenting the results (Paul & Criado, 2020).
To build upon the research conducted thus far, a research question I could develop throughout the rest of this course is: What are the psychological effects of the death penalty in Texas on those affected by it? This question could be explored through qualitative interviews with those affected by the death penalty in Texas. This could include the family members of those on death row, legal and mental health professionals. Through these interviews, I could gain insight into the psychological effects of the death penalty in Texas and how it has impacted those involved. This research could help inform better policies and practices related to the death penalty in Texas (Paul & Criado, 2020).