Attachment-related avoidance and the social and agentic content of nostalgic memories

Andrew A. Abeyta, Clay Routledge, Christina Roylance, Tim Wildschut, Constantine Sedikides

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Abstract

The reported research tested whether the social and agentic content of nostalgic memories varies as a function of attachment-related avoidance. We measured individual differences in attachment-related avoidance and anxiety and coded the interpersonal and agentic content of nostalgic and non-nostalgic narratives. Results revealed that nostalgic (relative to non-nostalgic) narratives contained more social content and that this link was not moderated by attachment-related avoidance. There was a significant association between attachment-related avoidance and attachment-related social content in nostalgic, but not non-nostalgic, past narratives. There was also a significant association between attachment-related avoidance and agency content in nostalgic, but not non-nostalgic narratives.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)406-413
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Social and Personal Relationships
Volume32
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 5 2015
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Communication
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

Keywords

  • Agency
  • attachment style
  • attachment-related avoidance
  • nostalgia

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