Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Learned Helplessness in Children and Families in Rural Areas - School Counselor's Perceptions
by Beard, Paula R., Ph.D., Capella University, 2019, 190; 13811491
Abstract (Summary)

This study focused on the perceptions of K-12 school counselors on learned helplessness in children and families in rural areas. There has been research on learned helplessness, children in rural areas, and studies on school counselors; however, there is a lack of research on the counselor's perceptions of learned helplessness in children and families in rural areas. Therefore, this study was different than previous studies on learned helplessness, and it fills a gap in the literature. This study used the interpretive-constructivist approach. The experiences and perceptions of participants provided answers to the central research question, by providing their subjective observations of learned helplessness in the children and families in their rural areas. Data was collected for this study through face-to-face interviews with volunteer participants privately to ensure protection and confidentiality of participants. Bracketing was used to reduce the impact of research bias in this study, along with note-taking techniques and audio tapes, transcribed by the researcher using NVIVO software. Transcripts were reviewed, patterns were identified, and themes were categorized using codes as the researcher looked for connections among the themes. Themes that emerged included parental involvement, generational cycles and patterns, grandparents raising grandkids, poverty, helping agencies, cultural and community norms and lifestyles, beliefs and value systems, and drugs and substance abuse. The theme most discussed by the eight participants was in relation to parental involvement in the child's life, both positive and negative. Parental involvement was discussed by participants 70 times during the eight hours of face-to-face interviews. According to participants of this study, both the positive and the negative involvement by the parent is the number one influence of learned helplessness in the child's life.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Block, Michael
Commitee: Graham, Robert, Sherman, Jocelyn
School: Capella University
Department: Counseling and Human Services
School Location: United States -- Minnesota
Source: DAI-B 80/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Social research, Social psychology, Counseling Psychology, Individual & family studies
Keywords: Children and families, Grandparents raising grandkids, Learned helplessness, Parental involvement, Rural areas, Rural school counselor
Publication Number: 13811491
ISBN: 978-1-392-04370-7
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