Anxious parents must shed fear to shepherd young adults through college transition: Opinion


“The start of the new school year will kick off another record-breaking season for anxiety on campus,” writes Mathilde Ross (Boston University Health Services), before clarifying: “I’m talking about the parents. The kids are mostly fine.” In light of the sector-wide discussions around mental health problems on campus, Ross discusses the phenomenon of parents “suffering from anxiety about [their childrens’] anxiety” and how this can prevent parents from helping their adult children to successfully navigate the transition to college life. Ross encourages parents to view this transition as an opportunity to begin an adult relationship with their children and show them how to navigate the transition to college, rather than sending children “to a mental health professional at the first sign of distress.”

New York Times (Acct Req)