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Helicopter Parenting and the Policy Attitudes of College Students

  • Kerri Milita (a1) and Jaclyn Bunch (a2)
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Helicopter parenting is a phenomenon that is attracting sizable attention from university administrators and instructors. We examine the implications of helicopter parenting for both the political science classroom and for public opinion. Using a survey conducted at multiple universities in the United States, we find that helicopter parenting has a significant impact on the policy attitudes of college students. Specifically, students with helicopter parents are more likely to express support for both government surveillance and nanny state policies than are students without helicopter parents. Given the growing trend of helicopter parenting, these findings will likely have substantial implications for both the political science classroom and public opinion in the near future.

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PS: Political Science & Politics
  • ISSN: 1049-0965
  • EISSN: 1537-5935
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