Investigation of the Effects of Perceived Helicopter Mother Attitude on Self-Esteem and Negative Problem Orientation in University Students Universite Ogrencilerinde Algilanan Helikopter Anne Tutumunun Benlik Saygisi ve Problemlere Karsi Olumsuz Tutuma Etkisinin Incelenmesi

Lotfi S., Meydan S., Erbas K.

Archives of Health Science and Research, vol.7, no.3, pp.231-237, 2020 (Scopus) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 7 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.5152/archealthscires.2020.19045
  • Journal Name: Archives of Health Science and Research
  • Journal Indexes: Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.231-237
  • Keywords: helicopter mother, problem solving, Self-esteem, university student
  • Istanbul Medipol University Affiliated: Yes


Objective: This study aimed to investigate the effect of helicopter mother's attitude on self-esteem and problem orientation among university students in Istanbul. Material and Methods: The universe of this study included students enrolled at the foundation university in Istanbul. The research was conducted face to face with 318 students, and data were collected using a Sociodemographic Information Form, Helicopter Parent Attitude Scale (HPAS), Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale (RSES), and Negative Problem Orientation Questionnaire (NPOQ). For data analysis, the independent sample t test and correlation analysis were applied. Results: When the study findings were examined; 1) University students were found to be most dependent on the mothers in the family. (2) In this direction, it was found that the helicopter mother's attitudes in female students were lower than male students. (3) Female students had higher self-esteem than male students, but the negative problem orientation was lower. (4) As the attitude of the helicopter mother increased, the negative problem orientation increased and the self-esteem in the individual decreased. (5) Moreover, individuals with low self-esteem have a more negative problem orientation. (6) No relation was found between the monthly income of the family and other variables (p<0,05). Conclusion: In the research results, it is thought that being attached to the mother in the family may be related to having more helicopter attitude because they are directly related to the care and development of the child. At this point, it is seen that the mother's helicopter attitude has a significant effect on the self-esteem of the students and the development of their attitude toward the problems. Increasing the helicopter mother's attitude negatively affects the self-esteem and problem orientation. The study results are discussed with respect to other studies with similar findings, and suggestions are presented.