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ERIC Number: EJ980292
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0161-827X
"Our Best Friend Is Moving Away": Exploring Parent Transition and Involvement during Their Student's First Year in College
Vianden, Jorg; Ruder, Jeff T.
Journal of College and University Student Housing, v38 n2 p62-77 2012
This article documents the results of an exploratory qualitative study of parents of first-year college students at a doctoral-extensive institution in the Midwest. The qualitative survey instrument asked parents to respond to questions about transition and involvement issues during the first college year of their students. Findings suggest that parents struggled with their students leaving the home, were emotionally supportive of their students, and acknowledged their students' responsibility to resolve conflicts. Survey participants did not display behaviors associated with stereotypical helicopter parents. Implications and specific recommendations for college and university educators are offered.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A