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Helicopter Parents: Examining the Impact of Highly Involved Parents on Student Engagement and Educational Outcomes

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Rick Shoup, Robert M. Gonyea, and George D. Kuh.
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Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research
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Parental interest and support for their student is generally considered positive. But in recent years highly-involved parents have been portrayed in the popular media as "helicopter" parents, hovering over their student in ways that could interfere with learning and development. This study uses data from the 2007 administration of the National Survey of Student Engagement to assess the frequency and quality of students’ interactions with their parents while in college, and the impact of highly involved parents on student engagement and educational outcomes. Contrary to popular belief, students with highly involved parents excelled in many areas, including higher levels of engagement, deep learning activities, reported educational gains, and satisfaction among others.