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'Helicopter Parenting' Linked With Depression In College Kids

'Helicopter Parenting' Linked With Depression In College Kids

The practice known as "helicopter parenting," in which parents are highly controlling over all aspects of their kids' lives, may be linked with depression amongst college students. The new data comes via a study from researchers at the University of Mary Washington.

For the study, researchers surveyed 297 students in the U.S. aged 18-23. They were asked questions about their mother's style of parenting and then surveyed on their own competitiveness, anxiety, depression and life satisfaction.

They found that those who reported having extremely controlling mothers were more likely to report high levels of anxiety and more trouble getting along with others:

"Parents should keep in mind how developmentally appropriate their involvement is and learn to adjust their parenting style when their children feel that they are hovering too closely," researchers said.

by RTT Staff Writer

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