College of Arts and Sciences

When Helpfulness Holds You Back: How Your Parents and Professors Might Be Doing You Wrong

Faculty in Focus Series

Lesa Rae Vartanian, psychology

Lesa VartanianTuesday, April 7, 2015
Noon–1:15pm
Walb Student Union, Room 114

How helpful and supportive are your parents? How about your professors? Is there such a thing as being “too helpful?” Could allowing a child or a student to fail ever be a “good thing?” Lesa Rae Vartanian will share her work on “helicopter parenting”—a style of parenting characterized by high investment, high involvement, and a seeming desire to protect children from negative outcomes. To what extent is this a desirable approach to the parental role? Are educators beginning to adopt similar approaches? These questions and others will be explored and discussed.