Overbearing parents damage college students' mental health
College-age depression can be a atrributed to a wide variety of causes, but a recent study has indicated that among the many variables, including typical stress, isolation, drug use, and social issues, "helicopter" parenting was the top cause for concern.
The American College Health Association surveyed close to 100,000 students from campuses across the nation in 2013. The results showed that 84.3% felt totally overwhelmed by what they had to do, 51.3% felt anxiety and 8% considered suicide within the past 12 months.
A 2011 study found that amongst 300 college students, the ones with overbearing parents were more likely to be medicated for anxiety or depression.
Students with hovering parents tend to be less self-reliant, have a harder time dealing with conflict, and are more likely to have negatives feelings during their college career, leading to lower rates of success.
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