Learned helplessness in the development of at-risk behavior

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Michael L. McIntosh (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
Dale L. Brubaker

Abstract: The research problem that guided this study was to describe how a number of the strategies to address at-risk student behavior are also leading to the development of learned helplessness in the same target population. This study includes interviews, surveys, historical data, and observations of students, faculty, and staff at public alternative education schools. This data was used to formulate cases studies. The interpretation of these components will be based upon the point of view or cultural lens that the researcher and the participants both possess. The study shows a relationship between the learned helplessness and at-risk behavior by first defining the two terms, discussing the strategies to deal with each one, and the implications of each of them. It also attempts to explore the relationship between the proliferation of LH within the support systems we have created. The study concludes that the findings correspond with the hypothesis that there is some type of relationship between the two, although the extent and importance of the relationship is arguable. This correlation should show us that the programs created, often serve as hinderance as well as cures when programs fail to base thier assistance strategies upon the attributes associated with resiliency and self sufficiency.

Additional Information

Language: English
Date: 1996
Helplessness (Psychology) in children.
People with social disabilities $z United States
Motivation in education $z United States

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