The effect of overparenting on the development of key competencies in college students

One of the features which make millennial college students and adults different from the former generation is high involvement of parents who provide excessive help and control. Previous studies suggested “the paradox of overparenting”, despite the good intentions, the way of overparenting is not associated with positive outcomes for their children which may indeed be linked with results that could hinder the child’s success and well-being. It is implied that overparenting hinder their child from developing psychological dependence and autonomy. However, most of the related research has focused on young children and adolescents, the literature with respect to overparenting and college students’ outcomes are limited. This study hypothesized that there are negative associations of overparenting with key competencies in college students and examined the relation with behavioral tasks.