Faculty Research Lightning Talks

Title

Helicopter Parenting Among Students With and Without Disabilities

SelectedWorks Author Profiles:

Wendy M. Rote

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Document Type

Other

Publication Date

2021

Abstract

Students with disabilities comprise 20-30% of today’s college population (American College Health Association, 2018). Feelings of self-efficacy and an ability to self-advocate are some of the best predictors of disabled student success in college and beyond (Test et al., 2009; Ju et al., 2017), but these same skills are undermined by helicopter parenting (Reed et al., 2016). Moreover, helicopter parenting is defined by being developmentally inappropriate (Schiffrin et al., 2014) but its occurrence and correlates have been examined solely in typically developing youth. It is unknown whether helicopter parenting occurs at similar levels and has similar meanings and correlates for youth with disabilities. This brief talk provides preliminary findings of a one-year longitudinal study examining helicopter parenting among college students with and without disabilities as reported by students and their parents.

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