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Journal Entry 6 – Problem Statement, Purpose Significance, and Research Questions

Problem Statement Well-meaning but overbearing parents who support and advocate for their university student’s success may actually impede the student’s resilience and ability to solve problems for themselves. Purpose and Significance My personal stake in this phenomenon is two-fold.  Firstly, … Continue reading

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Journal Entry 5 – A New Introduction

As a university administrator who frequently meets with students in academic distress, I am very familiar with those who arrive at my office with a hovering mom or dad.  Indeed, college campuses teem with anecdotal stories of these so-called “helicopter” … Continue reading

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Journal Entry 4 – The Helicopter Generation?

I had an interesting conversation with my Dad about the concept of parental involvement and helicopter parenting; we looked it as a generational phenomenon. My Dad, solidly in the post-WWII Boomer generation, pointed out that the attitudes about parenting have … Continue reading

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Journal Entry 3 – The Social Trap of Helicopter Parenting

Telling a mom or dad that they are making a parenting mistake is not going to get you very far.  An administrator who tries to explain the many downfalls of helicopter parenting to a hovering parent is likely to be … Continue reading

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Journal Entry 2 – Good or Bad?

The profile of the issue of helicopter parenting has been on the rise in recent years.  Time magazine published a cover story about it in 2009 and there has been coverage on CNN, NPR, and in the New York Times.  … Continue reading

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Journal Entry 1 – Description and Problem Statement

Hi All, this is my first journal entry.  My name is Dave Garrison and I am an EdD student at Drexel University writing my dissertation.  I also am an administrator at UC Davis, which is where I will likely be … Continue reading

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