Counteracting loneliness: on the restorative function of nostalgia

Zhou, Xinyue, Sedikides, Constantine, Wildschut, Tim and Ding-Guo, Gao (2008) Counteracting loneliness: on the restorative function of nostalgia. Psychological Science, 19, (10), 1023-1029. (doi:10.1111/j.1467-9280.2008.02194.x).


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Four studies tested whether nostalgia can counteract reductions in perceived social support caused by loneliness. Loneliness reduced perceptions of social support but increased nostalgia. Nostalgia, in turn, increased perceptions of social support. Thus, loneliness affected perceived social support in two distinct ways. Whereas the direct effect of loneliness was to reduce perceived social support, the indirect effect of loneliness was to increase perceived social support via nostalgia. This restorative function of nostalgia was particularly apparent among resilient persons. Nostalgia is a psychological resource that protects and fosters mental health.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1111/j.1467-9280.2008.02194.x
ISSNs: 0956-7976 (print)
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Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Psychology > Division of Human Wellbeing
ePrint ID: 63844
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
October 2008Published
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2008
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:48

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