No Place Like Home: Home Tours Correlate With Daily Patterns of Mood and Cortisol

  title={No Place Like Home: Home Tours Correlate With Daily Patterns of Mood and Cortisol},
  author={Darby E. Saxbe and Rena L Repetti},
  journal={Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin},
  pages={71 - 81}
  • D. Saxbe, R. Repetti
  • Published 1 January 2010
  • Psychology
  • Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin
The way people describe their homes may reflect whether their time at home feels restorative or stressful. This article uses linguistic analysis software (Linguistic Inquiry and Word Count) to analyze 60 dual-income spouses’ self-guided home tours by calculating the frequency of words describing clutter, a sense of the home as unfinished, restful words, and nature words. Based on a principal components analysis, the former two categories were combined into the variable stressful home and the… 

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