Cross-cultural peculiarities of interrelations between overparenting and psychological well-being of present time senior



The article presents a review of studies on a specific style of parenting. This parenting style is called «helicopter parenting» in Western scientific literature and has got this name due to excessive parental care for an adolescent who begins his/ her independent life. The data on the interplay of this style with the psychological well-being and academic achievements of adolescents are summarized. It is shown that despite the general dysfunctionality of this style, it’s certain aspects can be positively associated with the adolescents’ well-being. A review of cross-cultural research shows that there are some universal models of parental behavior that provide an adolescent with a sense of secure attachment in any culture, as significant cultural -specific patterns. In cases when the dysfunctional (from Western culture point of view) characteristics of parenting are correlated with certain cultural norms, they do not have such a negative impact on the psychological well-being of an adolescent, as in Western culture.

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Keywords: senior adolescent, parenting strategies, parenting, separation from the parental family, individuation, cross-cultural studies of parenting, helicopter parenting, parental control, parental support

Journal rubric: Developmental Psychology

Article type: review article


For citation: Chebotareva E.Y. Cross-cultural peculiarities of interrelations between overparenting and psychological well-being of present time senior [Elektronnyi resurs]. Sovremennaia zarubezhnaia psikhologiia = Journal of Modern Foreign Psychology, 2019. Vol. 8, no. 4, pp. 7–15. DOI: 10.17759/jmfp.2019080401. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Elena Y. Chebotareva, PhD in Psychology, associate professor at the chair of child and family psychotherapy, department of psychological counseling, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Associate professor Department of psychology of the faculty of social science, National Research University “Higher School of Economics”, Moscow, Russia, e-mail:



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