What is it about?

This review systematically examines evidence relating to the effect of nostalgia on psychological well-being through a meta-analysis of measures of social connectedness, self-esteem, meaning in life, self-continuity, optimism and positive and negative affect.

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Why is it important?

If nostalgia is to be used as a clinical intervention to boost well-being in dementia by reducing threat, then it is important to assess its therapeutic potential.


I was delighted to write this article as it will hopefully serve as a stepping stone for explicitly exploring the concept of nostalgia in reminiscence among people with dementia.

Sanda Ismail
University of the West of England

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This page is a summary of: Nostalgia as a psychological resource for people with dementia: A systematic review and meta-analysis of evidence of effectiveness from experimental studies, Dementia, May 2018, SAGE Publications, DOI: 10.1177/1471301218774909.
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