Counteracting Loneliness

  title={Counteracting Loneliness},
  author={Xinyue Zhou and Constantine Sedikides and Tim Wildschut and Dingguo Gao},
  journal={Psychological Science},
  pages={1023 - 1029}
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… 

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