Overparenting is associated with perfectionism in parents of young adults

Chris Segrin, Tricia J. Burke, Trevor Kauer

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Overparenting involves the enactment of developmentally inappropriate parenting behaviors, most commonly to late adolescents and young adults who are otherwise capable of managing the tasks and challenges that confront them. Although previous research has documented an abundance of what appears to be deleterious consequences of these parenting practices for young adults, there is a pressing need for more insight into why parents enact this practice. The present research is designed to test the prediction that overparenting is associated with parental perfectionism. Study 1 involved 302 parents of young adult children, and Study 2 included 290 young adult-parent dyads. In both studies, parents completed reports of overparenting and perfectionism. In Study 2, young adult children also completed reports of helicopter parenting, anxious parenting, and parental conditional regard. The results revealed a strong and consistent positive association between parental perfectionism and overparenting. Study 2 also indicated that overparenting is associated with child perceptions of helicopter parenting and anxious parenting, but not with parental conditional regard.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)181-190
Number of pages10
JournalCouple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2020


  • Anxious parenting
  • Helicopter parenting
  • Overparenting
  • Perfectionism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology


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