Young Children Longing About Their Past: An Initial Investigation of the Developmental Origins of Nostalgia

Single Wave Study

General Information

Young Children Longing About Their Past: An Initial Investigation of the Developmental Origins of Nostalgia
Project Number
This research aims to investigate at what age nostalgia normally emerges, how early nostalgia is manifested, and what psychological functions early nostalgia serves.
Longitudinal Type
Single Wave Study
Begin date
End date
S. Thomaes, T. Wildschut, C. Sedikides
© 2019 CentERdata
Funding Organization
CentERdata/MESS Project

Datasets and documentation

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Codebook in English
Codebook in Dutch

Data Files

English SPSS file
English STATA file


Variable name Variable Label Variable Type
nomem_encrNumber of the household member encryptedpreloaded
kq14a_mYear and month of the fieldwork periodconstructed
kq14a001Preloaded variable – year of birth of child preloaded
kq14a002Preloaded variable – sex of childpreloaded
kq14a003How old was your child when you first noticed that [he/she] was feeling nostalgic? - yearsdirectly measured
kq14a004How old was your child when you first noticed that [he/she] was feeling nostalgic? - monthsdirectly measured
kq14a005How often in the past 6 months did you notice that your child was feeling nostalgic?directly measured
kq14a006About who, what, or which situation was your child feeling nostalgic?directly measured
kq14a007My child... - became happydirectly measured
kq14a008My child... - became saddirectly measured
kq14a009My child... - felt good about [himself/herself]directly measured
kq14a010My child... - attached more value to [himself/herself]directly measured
kq14a011My child... - became optimisticdirectly measured
kq14a012My child... - felt loveddirectly measured
kq14a013My child... - felt protecteddirectly measured
kq14a014My child... - felt connected to [his/her] pastdirectly measured
kq14a015My child... - felt that [he/she] had an own identitydirectly measured
kq14a016My child... - got into a positive mooddirectly measured
kq14a017My child... - felt unhappydirectly measured
kq14a018My child... - became more satisfied with [himself/herself]directly measured
kq14a019My child... - got the feeling that [he/she] has a lot of positive traitsdirectly measured
kq14a020My child... - became energeticdirectly measured
kq14a021My child... - felt connected to loved onesdirectly measured
kq14a022My child... - felt that [he/she] can trust othersdirectly measured
kq14a023My child... - realized that [he/she] will by and large remain the same person during [his/her] developmentdirectly measured
kq14a024My child is able to communicate [his/her] feelings to me.directly measured
kq14a025Was it difficult to answer the questions?directly measured
kq14a026Were the questions sufficiently clear?directly measured
kq14a027Did the questionnaire get you thinking about things?directly measured
kq14a028Was it an interesting subject?directly measured
kq14a029Did you enjoy answering the questions?directly measured
kq14a030Starting date questionnaireconstructed
kq14a031Starting time questionnaireconstructed
kq14a032End date questionnaireconstructed
kq14a033End time questionnaireconstructed
kq14a034Duration in secondsderived


Questionnaire: Young Children Longing About Their Past

The questionnaire was administered in Dutch

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Response Information

Response Overview
Selected number of household members: 269 (100.0%)
Non-response: 59 (21.9%)
Response: 210 (78.1%)
Complete: 203 (75.5%)
Incomplete: 7 (2.6%)
Collection Events
07-04-2014 to 29-04-2014
Parents of children aged 2 to 8
Collection Mode
internet survey
Fieldwork Note
A reminder was sent twice to non-respondents