Helicopter Parenting Essay

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A college freshman walks into her dorm room and collapses onto the bottom bunk. One would assume that since it is her first week being on campus she is tired and overwhelmed from all of the freshman activities, but in reality it is her parents who are exhausting her. Her parents got a hotel room for move in day, and they haven’t left her alone since. Multiple research sources suggest that levels of parental involvement have been rising over the past decade, and according to Cline and Fay (1990) this high level of parental involvement is now commonly known as “helicopter parenting” (qtd. in Weinstein). These helicopter parents have definitely “grabbed the attention of scholars, media, and academic institutions” (Odenweller, Booth-Butterfield,…show more content…
Karla Carney-Hall writes a scholarly article to explain current trends in family involvement. Carney-Hall uses a collection of previous research results to acknowledge that “The college admission and financial aid process encourages (and sometimes requires) parent participation” (4). If parental involvement was not going to be beneficial for the students, hopefully colleges would not require them to be involved as much as they do. Another thing that Carney-Hall brings to the reader's attention is that many college students unexpectedly identify their parents as being the most influential people in their lives (5), which could ideally help them to have a support system as they go from high school to college. Elements of Terri LeMoyne and Tom Buchanan’s study contradict the viewpoint that helicopter parenting can be beneficial for the student’s transition into college. LeMoyne and Buchanan bring up the rather recent concept that “...college and university officials... have become so concerned about the supposed negative consequences of ‘hovering’ that they have funneled both money and staff into programs to handle these parents” (400). Taking their knowledge into consideration, it can be concluded that colleges…show more content…
This effect of helicopter parenting dominates the others, because it has been studied most recently, and is a common issue that colleges are having to act upon on a regular basis. Parents, helicopter or not, should be addressed of the matter, because it is a parenting style that is becoming more and more popular, yet parents often struggle to understand the serious effects it could have on their children, or even themselves. In terms of future research, scholars should consider completing more scientific studies on the effects of helicopter parenting, because many college level sources base their data off of previous investigation results. Specifically, more scientific data should be collected to prove the effects of helicopter parents on college students during the transition from high school to college. The concept of helicopter parenting will most likely continue for many generations, and it is imperative that parents recognize the effects of it, both positive and
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