While the father believed he was doing good, his son ended up feeling insecure, incapable and anything but empowered due to his father's meddling. These negative feelings are not uncommon among the children of helicopter parents.
A study by Holly Schiffrin, an associate professor of psychology at the University of Mary Washington, found that college students who had over-controlling parents also reported higher levels of depression, along with lower levels of life satisfaction.
"To find parents so closely involved with their college lives, contacting their tutors and running their schedules, is something new and on the increase," Schiffrin told Reuters. "It does not allow independence and the chance to learn from mistakes."
Too Much Parental Involvement Can Be Harmful To College Students