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principle of learned helplessness: domestic violence

Locate one scholarly, peer-reviewed source that was published within the past five on the topic of learned helplessness.

1) Based on the information from the article, explain how the principle of learned helplessness can apply in situations where domestic violence occurs.

2) How can early childhood experiences impact the responses of battered partners in adult violent relationships?

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1) Based on the information from the article, explain how the principle of learned helplessness can apply in situations where domestic violence occurs.

Learned helplessness is a phenomena where someone learns that they cannot avoid distress and so they cease trying to avoid it. There are several reasons why someone might give up trying to avoid distress. The individual may learn that they cannot control the circumstances (external control) or they see that their responses or efforts have no effect (attribution or belief about causality) (Abramson & Seligman, 1978).

In their study on pairs of dominant and submissive rats, Diaz-Berciano and colleagues (2008) found that submissive rats were less responsive ...

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Your tutorial is 301 words plus three scholarly references. Learned helplessness is explained and a study using submissive and dominant rats is discussed as a way of explaining why learned helplessness is not a universal response. The link between childhood trauma and battered spouse is discussed.

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