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ERIC Number: EJ824817
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0271-0560
From Helicopter Parent to Valued Partner: Shaping the Parental Relationship for Student Success
Cutright, Marc
New Directions for Higher Education, n144 p39-48 Win 2008
In this chapter, the author addresses one important issue of contemporary campus life: parental involvement in the lives of today's college students. There seems to be broad consensus that the institution-parent relationship is changing, and at its most extreme manifestations presents the helicopter parent phenomenon. However, it is important not to lose sight of the fact that this behavior describes a minority of parents and that it may be the result of institutional failure to provide them adequate information and avenues of appropriate relationship with the campus. Much more common are parents who enter the new territory with lots of questions, lots of concerns, and an earnest, heartfelt intention to be supportive of both institution and student during the many transitions that are part of the collegiate experience. Colleges and universities can make important allies of parents by recognizing their concerns, addressing them with information and guidance on a timely basis, and keeping lines of communication open to give personal attention to individual circumstances. These actions will increase parental understanding of the collegiate environment and build connections that support student success.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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