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Helicopter Parenting, Self-regulatory Processes, and Alcohol Use among Female College Students

  • Ming Cui
  • Jeffery W. Allen
  • Frank D. Fincham
  • Ross W. May
  • Hayley Love
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Abstract

Alcohol use, which is often associated with other problems in well-being, is a persistent problem among college students. Helicopter parenting, defined as parental overinvolvement, is an emerging parenting behavior that could be associated with alcohol use among college students. This study of 473 female undergraduate students investigated the association between helicopter parenting and alcohol use through psychological needs satisfaction and self-control. Structural equation modeling suggested that helicopter parenting was associated with higher levels of alcohol use through lower levels of psychological needs satisfaction and self-control. The implications for college students, parents of college students, educators, and university administrators are also discussed.

Keywords

Alcohol use College students Helicopter parenting Psychological needs Self-control 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ming Cui
    • 1
  • Jeffery W. Allen
    • 1
  • Frank D. Fincham
    • 2
  • Ross W. May
    • 2
  • Hayley Love
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Family and Child SciencesFlorida State UniversityTallahasseeUSA
  2. 2.Family InstituteFlorida State UniversityTallahasseeUSA

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