Learned Helplessness

Learned Helplessness is a 20-item measure comprising five factors including internality-externality, global-specific learned helplessness, stability-instability, beliefs related to ability to control or predict outcomes and individual’s choice of situations wherein one intentionally participates.

High Psychometric Score

ITEMS:

  1. No matter how much energy I put into a task, I feel I have no control over the outcome.
  2. I feel that my own inability to solve problems is the cause of my failures.
  3. I cannot find solutions to difficult problems.
  4. I don’t place myself in situations in which I cannot.
  5. If I complete a task successfully, it is probably because I became lucky.
  6. I do not have the ability to solve most of life’s problems.
  7. When I do not succeed at a task I do not attempt any similar tasks because I feel that I will fail them also.
  8. When something doesn’t turn out the way I planned, I know it is because I didn’t have the ability to start with.
  9. Other people have more control over their success and/or failure than I do.
  10. I do not try a new task if I have failed similar tasks in the past.
  11. When I perform poorly it is because I don’t have the ability to perform better.
  12. I do not accept a task that I do not think I will succeed in.
  13. I feel that I have little control over the outcomes of my work.
  14. I am unsuccessful at most tasks I try.
  15. I feel that anyone else could do better than me in most tasks.
  16. I am unable to reach my goals in life.
  17. When I don’t succeed at a task, I find myself blaming my own stupidity for my failure.
  18. No matter how hard I try, things never seem to work out the way I want them to.
  19. I feel that my success reflects chance, not my ability.
  20. My behavior does not seem to influence the success of a work group.

Response Options:
Strongly Agree
Agree
Disagree
Strongly Disagree

CATEGORIES:


GEOGRAPHIES TESTED:

United States of America

POPULATIONS INCLUDED:
Female
Male

AGE RANGE:
Adolescents
Adults

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Scoring Procedures:

Total scores can range from 20 to 80, with higher scores indicating increased perception of learned helplessness.

PRIMARY CITATION:

Quinless, F. W., & Nelson, M. M. (1988). Development of a measure of learned helplessness. Nursing Research.

Pyschometric Score:

FORMATIVE RESEARCH

 Qualitative Research

 Existing Literature/Theoretical Framework

 Field Expert Input

 Cognitive Interviews / Pilot Testing

RELIABILITY

 Internal

 Test-retest

 Interrater

VALIDITY

 Content

 Face

 Criterion (gold-standard)

 Construct

Psychometric Scoring

HIGH
Total Score: 6.00/9 Points (HIGH) 

Citation Frequency

High

KEY

 FULL POINTS
 PARTIAL POINTS
 NOT ASSESSED
 NOT APPLICABLE

For more details, see Scoring Methodology

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