Growing up in a “greenhouse”

Tsin Yee Janet Leung, Diego Busiol

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In order to provide the best for their kids, parents make great efforts to build up a greenhouse for the “healthy” development of their offspring. Overparenting and helicopter parenting are emerging parenting practices that intrude into family life. Overprotection over-nurturance, over-involvement and “hovering” have become more and more popular in raising kids. This chapter reviews the concepts related to “overparenting” as well as its impacts on adolescent psychosocial development. The review shows that “overparenting” and “helicopter parenting” adversely influence adolescents’ psychosocial development. Conceptual gaps in the literature are identified which include the muddiness of the concepts of “overparenting,” lack of a developmental perspective in the conceptualization, inattention to cultural and contextual diversity, and failure to explore the family dynamics and paternal roles in overprotected families. The methodological gaps of a lack of longitudinal and qualitative studies in this area and problems of using a single informant perspective are highlighted. Finally, future directions on research and practice are suggested.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationChildren and Adolescents
Subtitle of host publicationFuture Challenges
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781634846271
ISBN (Print)9781634846165
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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