About the Measure

Domains Motivation, goal orientation and perseverance
Key stages Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4, Key Stage 5
Subscales Learned helplessness; Mastery orientation
Description This instrument is based on the Student Behaviour Checklist. Participants respond by using the likert scale to indicate how much they agree with item statements.
Example When you begin a difficult problem, your attempts are half-hearted
Link http://cab.unime.it/journals/index.php/MJCP/article/view/1024

Implementation details

No. of items 13
Format Likert
Respondent Self
Scoring Standardised
Time 15
Age 11-18
Cost single purchase Free - Available
Cost per child Free - Available

Psychometric details

UK norms No
Cronbach's α .74-.77
Test retest Not reported
Inter-rater reliability Not reported
EFA 2-factor oblique
CFA Chi-square(64)= 153.926
Chi-square/df= 2.41
Robust CFI= .93
Robust NNFI= .91
Robust RMSEA= .05
Criterion validity There was a significant multivariate main effect of groups, Wilks’ lambda = 0.89, F(2, 131) = 8.25, p < .001, ƞp2 = .11, with a significant univariate effect for learned helplessness (LH), F(1,132) = 7.55, p < .05, ƞp2 = .054, with low achievers reporting higher scores. Also, a significant univariate effect for mastery orientation (MO) was found, F(1,132) = 11.51, p = .001, ƞp2 = .08, with high achievers reporting higher scores. Pearson correlations have also shown a positive correlation between MO and achievement (r= .26, p < .01) and a negative correlation between LH and achievement (r= -.26, p < .01)
Construct validity Not reported
Concurrent validity Not reported
Predictive validity Not reported
Responsiveness Not reported
Floor/Ceiling Not reported
References Sorrenti, L., Filippello, P., Costa, S., & Buzzai, C. (2015). A psychometric examination of the learned helplessness questionnaire in a sample of Italian school students. Psychology in the Schools, 52(9), 923-941. doi:10.1002/pits.21867
Sorrenti, L., Filippello, P., Costa, S., & Buzzai, C. (2014). Preliminary evaluation of a self-report tool for learned helplessness and mastery orientation in Italian students. Mediterranean Journal of Clinical Psychology, 2(3). doi:10.6092/2282-1619/2014.2.1024