is both a qualitative and quantitative study of death
row inmates in America, based on several years of research and
with the condemned.
The majority of participants
report that they felt
that they were treated unfairly during the course of their lives and
also had no role model to look up to. These two factors are of
considerable importance when we examine violent behavior. A feeling
that one is treated unfairly is accompanied by a feeling that the world
owes you something. The two statements are causally related: that is,
because I was treated unfairly then I am entitled to receive something
in return as compensation for that unfair treatment. The statements,
"The world owes me something." and, "Life never treated me right"
appear over and over again in the writings of the study participants.
The feeling that you have been treated unfairly is
also linked to feelings of low self-esteem. Again, the two can be seen
as being causally related: that is, because I have been treated
unfairly then I must not be worthy of being treated fairly. Scores
reported on psychological tests, that we will examine in the next
section, indicate that the majority of participants experienced
feelings of low self-esteem.