Journal of Child and Family Studies

, Volume 26, Issue 7, pp 1979–1990 | Cite as

Does Culture Matter? A Qualitative Inquiry of Helicopter Parenting in Korean American College Students

Original Paper


The purpose of this study was to examine college students’ culturally-mediated perceptions, prevalence, and experiences of helicopter parenting and its potential impact on their development. Using an online survey platform, we conducted an online survey of 40 Korean American college students in three large universities in the Southeastern region of the U.S. The majority of the participating Korean American college students acknowledged the negative aspects of helicopter parenting and its negative impact on various outcomes in students while recognizing the parents’ benevolent intent and positive effects on academics and career preparation. The findings were mostly consistent with previous research but added rich description and cultural nuance and meaning of helicopter parenting and its perceived impacts on various developmental outcomes to the current literature.


Helicopter parenting Overparenting Parent involvement Korean American Immigrant Developmental outcomes 


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Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no competing interests.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kyong-Ah Kwon
    • 1
  • Gyesook Yoo
    • 2
  • Jennie C. De Gagne
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Instructional Leadership and Academic CurriculumThe University of Oklahoma-TulsaOklahomaUSA
  2. 2.Department of Child and Family StudiesKyung Hee UniversitySeoulSouth Korea
  3. 3.School of NursingDuke UniversityDurhamUSA

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