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Counteracting loneliness: on the restorative function of nostalgia

Counteracting loneliness: on the restorative function of nostalgia
Counteracting loneliness: on the restorative function of nostalgia
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.
0956-7976
1023-1029
Zhou, Xinyue
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Sedikides, Constantine
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Wildschut, Tim
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Ding-Guo, Gao
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Zhou, Xinyue
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Sedikides, Constantine
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Wildschut, Tim
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Ding-Guo, Gao
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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.

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Published date: October 2008
Organisations: Human Wellbeing

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Local EPrints ID: 63844
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/63844
ISSN: 0956-7976
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Date deposited: 10 Nov 2008
Last modified: 13 Mar 2019 20:23

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