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Learned Helplessness Scale ID:___

Instructions to the Participant:

In the following instrument there are statements that you are asked to read carefully. After
reading each item, respond as to how closely you agree or disagree with how each item
describes you and your feelings about yourself. Place an X in the response box which most
closely describes your agreement or disagreement for each item.

ITEM RESPONSE
Strongly Agree Disagree Strongly
Agree Disagree
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. □ □ □ □