'Helicopter' parents from all socioeconomic backgrounds
'Helicopter' parenting, the term used to describe the behavior of parents who are known to hover too closely over children of any age, including college-age offspring, appears to cross ethnic, racial and socioeconomic status, according to what is believed to be the first scholarly research on the subject.
A researcher from the University of Texas-Austin indicates cellphones, smaller families, and parents who may be reliving through their offspring some of their own fond experiences while in college, may be contributing to the helicopter-like behavior.
High college costs are also cited as a likely reason for the revying-up of parents' involvement.
Read more in USA Today at: http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2007-04-03-helicopter-study_N.htm?csp=34.