Researchers Find Constant Contact Between Parents and Students, but Not Much Intervention

March 14, 2011

Most college students are in frequent touch with their parents, but moms and dads are less likely to intervene than to encourage their children to resolve matters on their own, according to new data presented here on Monday at the annual meeting of Naspa—Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. Parents' intervention is most likely when it comes to money, with 24.4 percent swooping in to handle financial-aid issues and 21.3 percent to sort out bills, according to a survey of several hundred parents of seniors at six colleges, administered this year by researchers at the University of Georgia, the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, and Emmanuel College, in Boston.