Fighting the future with the past: nostalgia buffers existential threat


Juhl, Jacob, Routledge, Clay, Arndt, Jamie, Sedikides, Constantine and Wildschut, Tim (2010) Fighting the future with the past: nostalgia buffers existential threat. Journal of Research in Personality, 44, (3), 309-314. (doi:10.1016/j.jrp.2010.02.006).

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Three studies tested and supported the proposition that nostalgia buffers existential threat. All studies measured nostalgia proneness and manipulated death awareness (mortality salience; MS). In Study 1, at low, but not high, levels of nostalgia proneness, participants in the MS condition responded less positively to an identity threat than participants in the control condition. In Study 2, at low, but not high, levels of nostalgia proneness, participants in the MS condition evidenced greater levels of death anxiety than participants in the control condition. In Study 3, at high, but not low, levels of nostalgia proneness, participants in the MS condition indicated greater feelings of state nostalgia than participants in the control condition.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0092-6566 (print)
1095-7251 (electronic)
Keywords: nostalgia, terror management theory, death anxiety, mortality salience
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Psychology > Division of Human Wellbeing
Faculty of Social and Human Sciences > Psychology
ePrint ID: 79902
Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2010
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 19:02
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/79902

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