Overprotective parents inhibit more than their kids' freedom: they may also slow brain growth in an area linked to mental illness.No, I am not convinced by this study. I am posting it for the (more obvious) conclusion that the more overprotective parent is not necessarily the better parent.
Children whose parents are overprotective or neglectful are believed to be more susceptible to psychiatric disorders – which in turn are associated with defects in part of the prefrontal cortex.
To investigate the link, Kosuke Narita of Gunma University, Japan, scanned the brains of 50 people in their 20s and asked them to fill out a survey about their relationship with their parents during their first 16 years.
Sometimes parents in family court battle to prove that each is more overprotective than the other, as if that were a good thing. The bias of the court is to avoid harm, so many judges seems to believe that they should decide on the side of overprotection.
Overprotection is a bad thing, not a good thing. If your common sense doesn't tell you that, then read the studies.