Roles of Food Consumption in the Experience of Homesickness Among College Students

Elizabeth Crosby, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Cele C. Otnes, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Homesickness is described as a “complex cognitive-motivational-emotional state …associated with ruminations about home, an intense desire to return home, depressed mood and somatic symptoms” (Fisher and Hood 1987, 426). It is a relatively widespread phenomenon in the United States, with 50-75% of the population experiencing homesickness to varying degrees (Fisher 1989). This study explores how college students, a population that is specifically vulnerable to homesickness, experience this condition. In particular, we explore the ways food consumption shapes students’ experience of homesickness, by examining how consumption both specifically triggers homesickness and enables students to cope with it.
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Elizabeth Crosby and Cele C. Otnes (2010) ,"Roles of Food Consumption in the Experience of Homesickness Among College Students ", in NA - Advances in Consumer Research Volume 37, eds. Margaret C. Campbell, Jeff Inman, and Rik Pieters, Duluth, MN : Association for Consumer Research, Pages: 517-517 .