Helicopter Parents Harm Children's Development: Study
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Recent research suggests helicopter parenting is hindering the development of young adults with the child’s reliance on parents to handle their problems for them. Professor Chris Segrin from the University of Arizona conducted a study that involved interviewing over 1000 college students and their parents.

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Helicopter parenting is not always the best approach. Recent research suggests helicopter parenting is hindering the development of young adults with the child’s reliance on parents to handle their problems for them. Professor Chris Segrin from the University of Arizona conducted a study that involved interviewing over 1000 college students and their parents. A quarter of the students interviewed said they communicate with their parents, via email text message or on the phone, several times a day. Segrin said: “The paradox of this form of parenting is that, despite seemingly good intentions, the preliminary evidence indicates that it is not associated with adaptive outcomes for young adults.” Another style of parenting is known as tiger parenting, which is characterized by Chinese parents who are strict and push their kids to do more schoolwork and extra curricular activities. This style of parenting has been was popularized by Yale Law professor Amy Chua’s book “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother.” Although tiger parenting is also criticized, there are advocates who say that parents pushing their kids to do more and excel actually helps them when they get older.