Abstract：The present research aimed to explore the relation between nostalgia and pro-social behavior, as well as the psychological mechanism.The present study combined a questionnaire survey ( study 1) and an experimental design(study 2) to investigate the effect of nostalgia on Chinese college students’ pro-social behavior, and also examine the mediating role of meaning in life. A sample of Three hundred college students from three universities of different provinces participated in study 1. They were asked to complete a questionnaire containing nostalgia scale, meaning in life scale and pro-social behavior scale. The results indicated that:(1) Nostalgia positively predicted college students’ pro-social behavior. (2) Meaning in life mediated the positive relationship between nostalgia and pro-social behavior, the proportion of the mediating effect was 31.52%. Being a questionnaire survey of self report, study 1 cannot support a causal inference among these variables. Conclusion was drawn that nostalgia may increase directly pro-social behaviour, and still increase pro-social behaviour through meaning in life. Finally, the theoretical and practical implications, as well as the limitations of the present study and the directions of future research were discussed.
常保瑞，谢天. 怀旧与亲社会行为的关系：生命意义感的中介作用[J]. 应用心理学, 2018, 24(4): 313-322.
CHANG Bao-rui, XIE Tian. The Relationship between Nostalgia and Pro-Social Behavior of College Students: The Mediating Role of Meaning in Life. 应用心理学, 2018, 24(4): 313-322.