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Helicopter Parenting Effects: Four Disturbing Findings

helicopter parent May 27, 2023

As parents, we strive to protect and nurture our children, ensuring their safety and success in an ever-changing world. However, in our modern society, a new parenting style has emerged, one that has garnered both attention and concern: helicopter parenting.

Helicopter parenting refers to an over-involved and overprotective approach to raising children. Helicopter parents hover over every aspect of their child's life, attempting to shield them from any potential harm or failure. While their intentions may stem from a place of love and concern, research in clinical psychology journals has shed light on the disturbing effects this parenting style can have on children's development and well-being.

In this video I reveal some information about helicopter parenting, exploring four alarming findings that have emerged from the studies conducted in the field of clinical psychology. Whether you consider yourself a helicopter parent or simply want to understand its impact, this article will provide valuable insights and help foster a healthy and balanced approach to parenting.



  1. Lower Levels of Self-esteem and Self-efficacy: According to the Journal of Child and Family Studies, a prominent study revealed that children with helicopter parents tend to exhibit lower levels of self-esteem and self-efficacy. This means that excessive parental involvement can inadvertently undermine their confidence and belief in their own abilities. Instead of fostering independence, helicopter parenting may inadvertently hinder their growth and development.

  2. Impact on Life Satisfaction and Coping Strategies: Another research study featured in the Journal of Child and Family Studies found that students with helicopter parents reported lower levels of life satisfaction and were more likely to engage in maladaptive coping strategies. This suggests that an overly involved parenting style may rob children of the opportunity to learn essential life skills, such as problem-solving and resilience, leading to long-term dissatisfaction and ineffective coping mechanisms.

  3. Strained Parent-Child Relationship: A comprehensive study published in the Journal of Family Psychology highlights the detrimental effects of helicopter parenting on the parent-child relationship. It reveals that this style of parenting can increase conflict, tension, and emotional distance between parents and their children. The constant presence and control of helicopter parents can erode trust and hinder open communication, potentially straining the bond between parent and child

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