Helicopter parenting, parental psychological and behavioral control revisited: Assessing constructs across the United States and South Korea

Yue Zhang, Woosang Hwang, Eunjoo Jung, Seong Hee Kim, Hye Lim Sin

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Abstract

This study examined the construct validity of helicopter parenting by comparing this construct with other close relevant constructs of psychological control and behavioral control, using a cross-cultural comparison approach. Data were collected from college students in the United States (N = 380) and South Korea (N = 204). Multi-group structural equation modeling analyses indicated that helicopter parenting was a correlated yet separate construct, compared with psychological control and behavioral control in both the US and Korea samples, suggesting a convergent and discriminant validity cross-culturally. Several items in helicopter parenting, psychological control, and behavioral control were more associated with Korean contexts. This study contributes to the extant literature by investigating the validity issue of helicopter parenting in a cross-cultural context, providing an in-depth understanding of parental control practices across Eastern and Western cultures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)59-83
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of Comparative Family Studies
Volume51
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2020

Keywords

  • Behavioral control
  • Emerging adults
  • Helicopter parenting
  • Psychological control

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Anthropology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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