Learned Helplessness and Explanatory Style

  • Christopher Peterson
  • Curie Park
Part of the The Plenum Series in Social/Clinical Psychology book series (SSSC)


The purpose of this chapter is to describe theory and research in learned helplessness and explanatory style, particularly as this work pertains to personality psychology. The chapter begins by providing basic background about these topics and ends by discussing some current areas of investigation.


Causal Explanation Causal Attribution Attributional Style Learn Helplessness Explanatory Style 
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  • Christopher Peterson
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  • Curie Park
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA

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