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Nostalgia as a resource for psychological health and well-being

Routledge, Clay, Wildschut, Tim, Sedikides, Constantine and Juhl, Jacob (2013) Nostalgia as a resource for psychological health and well-being Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 7, (11), pp. 808-818.

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Historically, nostalgia has been viewed as a disease of the brain or the mind. However, in recent years, nostalgia has received a conceptual rehabilitation due to a revival of scholarly interest accompanied by the use of contemporary empirical methods. Drawing upon this recent work, we propose that nostalgia is an important resource for psychological health and well-being. We begin by detailing the characteristics of the nostalgic experience and then discuss a wide range of studies demonstrating that psychological threat triggers nostalgia, nostalgia enhances psychological health and well-being, and nostalgia promotes adaptive psychological functioning among individuals at risk for poor mental health. We also highlight the need for future research on nostalgia's relation to psychological health.

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e-pub ahead of print date: 4 November 2013
Published date: November 2013


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Date deposited: 11 Nov 2013 14:14
Last modified: 30 Aug 2017 14:11

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Author: Clay Routledge
Author: Tim Wildschut
Author: Jacob Juhl

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