Parental overprotection and its relation to perceived child vulnerability

Am J Orthopsychiatry. 1997 Apr;67(2):330-5. doi: 10.1037/h0080237.


A study of 280 parents with a child age 5-10 years examined the relation between and correlates of parental overprotection (less education, younger child age, being an only child) and parental perception of increased child vulnerability (history of life-threatening illness, child medical condition, first child). One-third of parents who considered their child vulnerable were also considered overprotective.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Birth Order
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Chronic Disease / psychology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Individuation*
  • Male
  • Only Child / psychology
  • Parent-Child Relations*
  • Parenting / psychology
  • Personality Assessment
  • Personality Development
  • Risk Factors