Helicopter parenting is fueling inequality among college students

In the popular imagination, college offers an opportunity for young people to strike out on their own, away from the watchful eye of parents with the safety net of an educational institution.

But a new study suggests that for some affluent students, college is an experience still managed largely by their parents — and that may be fueling inequality.

The research isn’t definitive, but it’s backed up by previous studies on the issue. It’s based on interviews with only 41 families of young women who lived on the same floor in a dorm at a major public university in the Midwest.

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