Is a “refinement' of attribution theory necessary to accommodate the learned helplessness reformulation? A critique of the reformulation of Abramson, Seligman, and Teasdale

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Abstract

In their reformulation of the learned helplessness model, L. Y. Abramson et al (1978) added a global-specific dimension to those of internal-external and stable-unstable and used all 3 dimensions to construct a 3-way classification for types of helplessness. It appears, however, that the 3 attributional dimensions can be derived directly from H. H. Kelley's (1967) original criteria of consensus, consistency, and distinctiveness. Thus it is suggested that Kelley's model can adequately account for the reformulated helplessness model of Abramson et al. (3 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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