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dc.contributor.advisorCox, Cathy R.
dc.contributor.authorKersten, Mikeen_US
dc.date.accessioned2015-01-06T21:47:39Z
dc.date.available2015-01-06T21:47:39Z
dc.date.created2014en_US
dc.date.issued2014en_US
dc.identifierUMI thesisen_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://repository.tcu.edu/handle/116099117/7167
dc.description.abstractThe present research examined whether nostalgia-induced health optimism promotes attitudes and behaviors associated with better physical health. Participants, in two experiments, were randomly assigned to write about either a nostalgic (vs. ordinary) event. Following this, everyone completed a measure of health optimism (Studies 1 & 2) followed by various health intention scales (Study 2). The results revealed that, in comparison to control conditions, nostalgic reverie led to greater health optimism. Further, mediational analyses showed that this heightened optimism increased participants' health behavior intentions (e.g., eating nutritionally, exercising). These findings suggest that nostalgia may be used as a mechanism to increase the importance, perceived efficacy, and behavior associated with better physical health.en_US
dc.format.mediumFormat: Onlineen_US
dc.publisher[Fort Worth, Tex.] : Texas Christian University,en_US
dc.relation.ispartofTCU Master Thesisen_US
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dc.titleAn exercise in nostalgia : the role of health optimism in the relationship between nostalgia and physical well-beingen_US
dc.typeTexten_US
etd.degree.levelMaster
local.collegeCollege of Science and Engineering
local.departmentPsychology
local.academicunitDepartment of Psychology
dc.type.genreThesis
local.subjectareaPsychology
etd.degree.nameMaster of Science


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