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Over parenting/Helicopter Parenting

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Alyssa Gingerich

on 10 December 2013

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If your parents...call you every day.
...are in constant contact with administrators at your sc
...ever researched or written a college paper for you.
...frequently intervene if you have problems your roommate
...chose classes for you to take.
...came to your school or work to make sure your there.
...make most decisions for you.
...monitor what you spend your money on.
...go through your things at home.

Overall, Helicopter Parenting has a negative effect on individuals, especially in adulthood.
Leads to diminished sense of independence, narcissism. and feelings of low self worth (Segrin, 2013)
Decreased ability to function as an adult (Schiffrin, 2013)
Greater risk of depression, anxiety, and prescription drug abuse (Lemoyne, 2011)
Study Example
A study consisting of 653 participants of parent child groups from 32 of the 50 United States where they completed measures of over parenting and maladaptive traits (Sergin, 2013)

Parents: associations between anxiety and regret?
Children: associations between narcissism, coping, stress and anxiety?
Overparenting/Helicopter Parenting

By: MarKema, Cara, Taylor and Alyssa

Do you have a helicopter parent?

Children and parents can be best friends.
Very involved in their child's life
Know where their kids are at all times
Manage to get things done
paperwork filled out, scholarship apps complete, homework done on time, etc.
Children can learn from parents and their parents’ mistakes more effectively.


Statistics Cont.
-40% of today's adults in their 20's have moved back in with their parents
-About 20% of teens will experience teen depression before they reach adulthood
-Suicide is the third leading cause of death for 15 to 24 year olds, and the sixth leading cause of death for 5 to 14 year olds
-Approximately 3,500 teenagers run away from home every day
-61% of parents currently monitor their children’s Facebook activities by logging into their child’s account, with or without their child’s permission
What is a helicopter parent?
A helicopter parent involves the application of developmentally inappropriate levels of parental tangible assistance, problem solving, monitoring, and involvement into the lives of children (Sergin, 2013)
Based off theories of family enmeshment:
Effective parenting
Personality development
Examples of Over parenting/helicopter parenting
(Pickhardt, 2013):
job applications
college applications
extreme restrictions
child's achievements
immediate gratification
Other traits
(Pickhardt, 2013):
Over permissive
Over bearing
Over enabling
Clayton V. (2004). Over Parenting: When good intentions go to far. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.nbcnews.com/id/6620793/. [Last Accessed 12/2/2013].

Donatone, B. (2013). Why millenials can't grow up. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/medical_examiner/2013/12/millennial_narcissism_helicopter_parents_are_college_students_bigger_problem.html. [Last Accessed 12/4/13].

Firestone, L. (2012). The impact of over parenting. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lisa-firestone/overparenting_b_1431720.html. [Last Accessed 12/2/13]. http://www.npr.org/2012/02/06/146464665/helicopter-parents-hover-in-the-workplace

Morin, Amy. "Helicopter Parents: Do They Help or Hurt Kids." About.com Discipline. N.p., 2013. Web. 04 Dec. 2013.

Pickehardt, C. (2013). The Dangers of overparenting. Retrieved from http://www.pregnancy.org/article/dangers-over-parenting

Sergin, C., Woszidlo, A., Givertz, M., Montgomery, N. (2013). Parent and child traits associated with overparenting.
Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 32 (6)
, 569-565. doi:

Children lack problem-solving skills
Less independent children
May interfere with parent-child relationship (Morin)
Children that are living their parents’ dreams and not their own.
Having children that will rebel against their parents.
Child takes the chance when given freedom

-A 2012 study by the American College Counseling Association reported a 16 percent increase in mental-health visits since 2000 and a significant increase in crisis response over the past five years
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