Message from the Chair
Welcome to NASPA’s Parent and Family Relations Knowledge Community Website! We hope our KC enables you to foster positive interactions with parents and family members on your campus. From creating a parents program to searching latest trends, we have you covered.
The PFRKC Seeks To...
- Identify and share current research and best practices in the area of college parenting as well as promote opportunities for new research
- Provide valuable information on interacting with parents of college students via programming, compilations of current literature, and web resources
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GET INVOLVED WITH THE PARENT AND FAMILY RELATIONS KC
Consider getting more involved in the Parent and Family Relations KC (PFRKC) by joining the Leadership Team! You can find our current openings posted on Volunteer Central.
Leadership Team Positions
To be considered for a Leadership Team position, you must be a NASPA KC member and be willing to devote time towards the betterment of the KC. If you are interested in being considered for future leadership opportunities, please contact Susie Orecchio or visit Volunteer Central.
One of the best resources available to you is the wide range of professional development opportunities. This list contains both our “Hosted Events,” workshops and webinars that we plan and manage, and some “Related Events,” hosted by the NASPA Central Office or other NASPA Constituent Groups. To see a full listing of NASPA events, please see the Events page.
RESOURCES FROM THE PARENTS AND FAMILY RELATIONS KC
The following list of resources is a perpetual work in progress. If you know of additional resources (e.g., journal articles, monographs, books, videos, websites) relevant to Parents and Family Relations, please email the technology coordinator/KC blogger: Shaquille Lowe
You can find the ACPA/NASPA Professional Competency Areas for Student Affairs Educators as well as other Professional Standards information here.
Development and Transition
- Ames, M. E., Wintre, M.G., Pancer, S.M.,Pratt, M. W., & Birnire-Lefcovitvh, S. (2014). Rural Compared to Urban Home Community Settings as Predictors of First-Year Students' Adjustment to University. Journal of College Student Development, 55(2), 208-215. doi:10.1353/csd.2014.0016
- Bank, B. J., Slavings, R. L., Biddle, B.J. (1990). Effects of peer, faculty, and parental influences on students’ persistence. Sociology of Education¸ 63(3), 208-225.
- Blackhurst, A. (2008). Campus commons: Moving away from generalizing a generation. About Campus, 13(1), 4-6.
- Bylund, C. L., Imes, R. S., & Baxter, L. A. (2005). Accuracy of parents' perceptions of their college student children's health and health risk behaviors. Journal of American College Health, 54(1), 7.
- David, M. E., Ball, S. J., Davies, J., & Reay, D. (2003). Gender issues in parental involvement in student choices of higher education. Gender & Education, 15(1), 21.
- Lapsley, D. K., & Edgerton, J. (2002). Separation-individualization, adult attachment style, and college adjustment. Journal of Counseling & Development, 80(4), 484-493.
- Legutko, R. S. (2008). A decade's difference: Research revisited on family influence of rural high school students' postsecondary decisions. Rural Educator, 29(2), 4-7.
- Mansfield, P. M., & Warwick, J. (2005). Gender differences in students' and parents' evaluative criteria when selecting a college, Journal of Marketing for Higher Education, 15(2), 47-80.
- Martin, P. (2005, August 4). Hovering parents do more harm than good. Asbury Park Press. Retrieved March 10, 2008, from http://www.lifecourse.com/news/lib-clips/050804_asb.html.
- Napper, L., Hummer, J., Lac, A., & Labrie, J. (n.d.). What Are Other Parents Saying? Perceived Parental Communication Norms and the Relationship Between Alcohol-Specific Parental Communication and College Student Drinking. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors.
- Oblinger, D. (2003). Boomers, gen-Xers, and millennials: Understanding the “new” students. EDUCAUSE Review, 38(4), 36-45.
- Sax, L. J., & Wartman, K. L. (2010). Studying the Impact of Parental Involvement on College Student Development: A Review and Agenda for Research. Higher Education: Handbook of Theory and Research, 219-255. doi:10.1007/978-90-481-8598-6_6
- Smith, S. G., English, R., & Vasek, D. (2002). Student and parent involvement in the transition process for college freshmen with learning disabilities. College Student Journal, 36(4), 491-503.
- Strage, A., & Brandt, T. S. (1999). Authoritative parenting and college students' academic adjustment and success. Journal of Educational Psychology, 91(1), 146-156.
- Wintre, M. G., & Yaffe, M. (2000). First-year students' adjustment to university life as a function of relationships with parents. Journal of Adolescent Research, 15(1), 9-37.
Parent and Family as Partners
- Auerbach, S. (2006). "If the student is good, let him fly”: Moral support for college among Latino immigrant parents. Journal of Latinos and Education, 5(4), 275-292.
- Bers, T. (2005). Parents of traditionally aged community college students: Communications and choice. Research in Higher Education, 46(4), 413-436.
- Brooks, R. (2004). “My mum would be as pleased as punch if I actually went, but my dad seems a bit more particular about it”: Paternal involvement in young people's higher education choices. British Educational Research Journal, 30(4), 495-514.
- Conneely, J. F., Good, C., & Perryman, K. (2001). Balancing the role of parents in the residential community. In B. V. Daniel & B. R. Scott (Eds.), Consumers, adversaries, and partners: Working with the families of undergraduates (New Directions for Student Services, 94, pp. 51-61). San Fancisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
- Cutrona, C. E., Cole, V., Colangelo, N., Assouline, S.G., Russell, D.W. (1994). Perceived parental social support and academic achievement: An attachment theory perspective. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 66(2), 369-378.
- Daniel, B., Evans, S., & Scott, B. R. (2001). Understanding family involvement in the college experience today. In B. V. Daniel & B. R. Scott (Eds.), Consumers, adversaries, and partners: Working with the families of undergraduates (New Directions for Student Services, 94, pp. 3-13). San Fancisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
- Gavin Henning (2007) Is In Consortio Cum Parentibus the New In Loco Parentis?, NASPA Journal, 44:3, 538-560
- Lange, D. K., & Stone, M. E. (2001). Parental involvement in admissions and financial aid. In B. V. Daniel & B. R. Scott (Eds.), Consumers, adversaries, and partners: Working with the families of undergraduates (New Directions for Student Services, 94, pp. 15-27). San Fancisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
- McInnis, D. (2001). Partnering with families through institutional advancement. In B. V. Daniel & B. R. Scott (Eds.), Consumers, adversaries, and partners: Working with the families of undergraduates (New Directions for Student Services, 94, pp. 63-71). San Fancisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
- Messersmith, E. E., & Schulenberg, J. E. (2008). When can we expect the unexpected? Predicting educational attainment when it differs from previous expectations. Journal of Social Issues, 64(1), 195-212.
- O’Briant, D. (2003, August 11). Millennials: The next generation. Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved November 17, 2008 from http://www.lifecourse.com/news/articles/lib/2003/081103-tajc.html.
- Perna, L. W., & Titus, M. A. (2005). The relationship between parental involvement as social capital and college enrollment: An examination of racial/ethnic group differences.Journal of Higher Education, 76(5), 485-518.
- Scott , B. R., & Daniel, B. V. (2001). Why parents of undergraduates matter to higher education. In B. V. Daniel & B. R. Scott (Eds.), Consumers, adversaries, and partners: Working with the families of undergraduates (New Directions for Student Services, 94, pp. 83-89). San Fancisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
- Weeks, K., M. (2001). Family-friendly FERPA policies: Affirming parental partnerships. In B. V. Daniel & B. R. Scott (Eds.), Consumers, adversaries, and partners: Working with the families of undergraduates (New Directions for Student Services, 94, pp. 39-50). San Fancisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
- Yan, W. (1999). Successful African American students: The role of parental involvement.The Journal of Negro Education, 68(1), 5-22.
Programming/Best Practices for Engagement
- Bers, T. H., & Galowich, P. M. (2002). Using survey and focus group research to learn about parents' roles in the community college choice process. Community College Review, 29(4), 16.
- Coburn, K. L. (2006). Organizing a ground crew for today's helicopter parents. About Campus, 11(3), 9-16.
- Coburn, K. L., & Woodward, B. (2001). More than punch and cookies: A new look at parent orientation programs. In B. V. Daniel & B. R. Scott (Eds.), Consumers, adversaries, and partners: Working with the families of undergraduates (New Directions for Student Services, 94, pp. 27-38). San Fancisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
- Golden, D. C. (2001). The president's role in partnering with parents. In B. V. Daniel & B. R. Scott (Eds.), Consumers, adversaries, and partners: Working with the families of undergraduates (New Directions for Student Services, 94, pp. 73-82). San Fancisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
- Farrell, E. F. (2007). Deans can't stand 'helicopter parents,' but they hover, too, when their kids apply. Chronicle of Higher Education, 53(34), B8-B9.
- Kadaba, L. S. (2004, January 24). Off to college - for parent and child; These parents hover, stay involved. They want it that way. So do the children. The Philadelphia Inquirer, p.12
- Lane, T. (2006, March 19). Helicopter parents: They hover over their college-age children, unwilling to let go. Toledo Blade. Retrieved June 30, 2008, from http://toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060319/ART16/60319010/-1/ART.
- Lederman, D. (2008, March 24). U.S. proposes new rules on student privacy. Inside Higher Ed. Retrieved April 3, 2008, from http://insidehighered.com/news/2008/03/24/ferpa
- Savage, M. (2015). National survey of college and university parent programs. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota, Parent Program Office
- Smith, M. J., & Fleming, M. K. (2006). African American parents in the search stage of college choice: Unintentional contributions to the female to male college enrollment gap. Urban Education, 41(1), 71-100.
- Trotman, M. F. (2001). Involving the African American parent: Recommendations to increase the level of parent involvement within African American families. The Journal of Negro Education, 70(4), 275-285.
- Turrentine, C. G., S. L. Schnure, D. D. Ostroth, and J. Ward-Roof. (2000) The parent project: What parents want from the college experience. NASPA Journal, 38, 31-43.
- Wartman, K., & Savage, M. (2008, January 1). Parental involvement in higher education: Understanding the relationship among students, parents, and the institution. ASHE Higher Education Report, 33(6), 1-125.
Hot Topic, Compelling Issues, and New Trends About Parent and Family Relations
- Parents of first generation students
- Parents of students of color
- Mental health - facilities and support
- Safety - residence hall and other living facilities, transportation, campus, emergency procedures
- Confidentiality - how much can parents know while protecting the student
- "Helicopter" parents - dealing with them, involving them in a positive way, recognizing they are not going to go away, helping student support staff understand the parents of today
- Resources that can be provided to parents in areas such as student life, preparing parents for having a student in college, helping parents to prepare student for college, preparing parents for graduation
- Obtaining grants for providing resources, like brochures that have been developed for parents in discussing alcohol use in college
- Can student support staff educate the rest of the university (faculty, administrators) on dealing with parents?
- Has informing parents of disciplinary action involving such areas as alcohol worked in decreasing problems?
- What types of services are institutions providing to parents?
- Institutional impact of FERPA when working with parents
- Parental involvement with the rise in the Millennial student
- Pre-college resources
- How to manage parents seeking more involvement in academic arenas- course selection
- Expectation of lots of help from university
- Parents as sponsors for programs, events
- Need for parent office- intentional plan to nurture parent constituency to improve student retention
- Parents as partners for student success and parent satisfaction
- Parents can promote positive relationship/image of university- give $ and time
- Valuable feedback resource
- Ways to engage parents via technology- Internet surveys, resources, information, event announcements
- Engaging parents from other states, countries
In the News
- The Ethos of the Overinvolved Parent
The Atlantic from May 18, 2017
Colleges are adjusting to increasing contact with adults who are more ingrained in their children's lives than ever.
- Paul, P., & Jozefowicz, C. (2003). The permaparent trap. Psychology Today, 36(5), 40-53.
- Russell, J. (2004). “More Colleges Helping Parents Stay Connected.” The Boston Globe, A1.
- Zaslow, J. (2005). The coddling crisis: Why Americans think Adulthood begins at age 26.”The Wall Street Journal, D1.