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The Trophy Kids Grow Up: How the Millennial Generation is Shaking Up the Workplace by Ron Alsop

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3.2. THE PSYCHOLOGY OF HELICOPTER PARENTS

What makes these helicopter parents tick? Psychologists find this breed of parent both fascinating and a little disturbing. Some believe that parents don't want to let their children go partly because of their own fear of growing old. High-achieving parents also may consider their child's success a reflection on them. They want to continue the upward mobility trend in their families, so their children must do bigger and better things than they did. In essence, their children's accomplishments—even if orchestrated by the parents—increase their social status.

"In some ways, it certainly is narcissistic," says Frank Masterpasqua, a professor in the graduate clinical psychology program at Widener University ...

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