Helicopter parents give kids a lift

Nov. 5, 2007 at 12:38 PM
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WASHINGTON, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- U.S. kids with over-involved parents are happier and more engaged in college, despite getting lower grades than their more-independent peers, a survey said.

The national survey counters the accepted notion that parental meddling is entirely negative. Children of hovering or "helicopter" parents report more satisfaction, independent research and "deep learning" activities like after-class chats with professors than peers, according to the National Survey of Student Engagement, which gathered data from 24 colleges and universities, the Washington Post reported.

Helicopter parents -- who are in constant contact and frequently manage things for their child -- may intervene because students have had academic difficulties, survey authors said.

A report from the survey of 9,162 students is available at http://nsse.iub.edu.

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