Helicopter parenting must land, says study

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Helicopter parenting must land, says study

Posted: 06/04/2015 08:07 PM IST
Helicopter parenting must land, says study

Helicopter parenting might effect your kids, proved by professors at Brigham Young University. Helicopter parenting is defined as the over-involvement in the lives of their children. This includes making important decisions for them, solving their problems and intervening in their children's conflicts.

"From our past work, we thought there might be something positive about helicopter parenting under certain conditions, but we are just not finding it," said study author Larry Nelson from Brigham Young University in Utah in the US.

In the study, 438 undergraduate students from four US universities self-reported on their parents controlling behavior, their sense of self-worth and their risk behaviors and study habits. Responses from the student participants, whose average age was 19, indicate an association between helicopter parenting with decreasing self-esteem and increasingly risky behavior, according to the study.

"Overall, stepping in and doing for a child what the child developmentally should be doing for him or herself, is negative," says Nelson. "Regardless of the form of control, it's harmful at this time period." Nelson advises parents not to overcompensate by stepping back too far, for young people need support from their parents just not control.

"Lack of control does not mean lack of involvement, warmth and support," he says.

By Lizitha

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