About Careers MedBlog Contact us

Helicopter Parenting Does Not Do Good Though It Seems Protective For the Child

by Julia Samuel on June 3, 2015 at 11:52 AM
Font : A-A+

Helicopter Parenting Does Not Do Good Though It Seems Protective For the Child

Helicopter parenting or over-involvement in the lives of children may result in lower self-worth and higher risk behavior as they turn older, says a study.

Extra affection and support cannot neutralize the consequences of parental control while lack of warmth makes the negative effects of helicopter parenting worse.


The researchers at the Brigham Young University studied the effects of pushy or 'helicopter parenting' in 438 students.

Recent findings show that making important decisions for their children, solving their problems, and intervening in their conflicts have positive as well as negative effects.

"From our past work, we thought there might be something positive about helicopter parenting under certain conditions, but we're just not finding it," said Professor Larry Nelson, of Brigham Young University.

Overall, stepping in and doing for a child what the child developmentally should be doing for him or herself is negative. Professor Nelson said, "With the contribution of this study, it is becoming increasingly clear that helicopter parenting is not inherently warm. It also represents another form of control (besides behavioral and psychological control) that is linked to maladjustment in emerging adulthood."

But parents shouldn't overcompensate by removing themselves completely from their children's lives, as they need parental support. "Lack of control does not mean lack of involvement, warmth and support," he added.

Source: Medindia


Recommended Reading

Latest Child Health News

Why Are Autism Rates Increasing in the U.S?
To tackle the rising cases of autism among kids, steady screening programs may make a difference in autism diagnosis and treatment.
Autistic Kids Often Miss Out on Vision Screening: Here's Why
Children with autism tend to receive vision screening less often, despite having a high risk for eye problems.
Why is Independent Play so Important for Kids?
Interrupting independent play time can affect the mental health of children. Engaging in independent activities can also reduce anxiety and depression in kids.
Children With Autism Show Link to Cardiometabolic Diseases
Obesity risk increases in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), raising the probability of developing cardiometabolic disorders.
125 Pediatric Flu Deaths Reported in the United States
125 pediatric influenza flu deaths have been reported so far this season in the United States, according to the CDC.
View All
This site uses cookies to deliver our services.By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use  Ok, Got it. Close

Helicopter Parenting Does Not Do Good Though It Seems Protective For the Child Personalised Printable Document (PDF)

Please complete this form and we'll send you a personalised information that is requested

You may use this for your own reference or forward it to your friends.

Please use the information prudently. If you are not a medical doctor please remember to consult your healthcare provider as this information is not a substitute for professional advice.

Name *

Email Address *

Country *

Areas of Interests