Psychology, Interamerican
Death row last statements: a phenomenological analysis
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death row
descriptive phenomenology
methodological integrity

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Málaga, Álvaro, & Delgado, A. R. (2020). Death row last statements: a phenomenological analysis. Revista Interamericana De Psicología/Interamerican Journal of Psychology, 54(1), e982.


This paper describes a phenomenological analysis whose goal is to learn the experience of death row inmates from their last statements. The sample is composed of 61 transcriptions from people executed by the U.S. state of Texas between 2011 and 2017, that were analyzed thematically. Among the main themes we found affection, religious belief, regret, acceptance, gratefulness and sense of closure. Most themes were of positive valence, which is coherent with previous research results. Because we used an experiential and descriptive method, the assessment of methodological integrity is uncomplicated.
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