Parents overly involved in college students’ lives

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Donna Pincus, College of Arts & Sciences, Center for Anxiety & Related Disorders
Elizabeth Merhen, College of Communication

At Boston University, one father was so upset over his daughter’s A-minus final grade that he called the professor to complain, and then the department chair, and then the academic dean…

Expert quotes:

Pincus:

“Sometimes, kids need to feel the snow. It brings on such a feeling of confidence in yourself if you know how to navigate your way though life.”

Mehren:

“We have a pretty strict policy whereby we are not allowed to talk to parents about our students. It’s certainly clear that our relationship is with the students.”

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