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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), pp. 1023-1029.

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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


Local EPrints ID: 63844
ISSN: 0956-7976
PURE UUID: df1d830a-1bdd-405c-b165-77c7f35d504c

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Date deposited: 10 Nov 2008
Last modified: 30 Aug 2017 15:46

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Author: Xinyue Zhou
Author: Tim Wildschut
Author: Gao Ding-Guo

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