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This article has appeared in the cleanup list, and I will attempt to clean it up. If you have any suggestions, they would be appreciated. Phoenixflight

Cleanup is completed. Please feel free to suggest changes here or edit the article as you please for the better of the page. Phoenixflight

What exactly does "The data source comes from the New York Times" mean? Where's the citation?

This article has some redundant "symptoms".

I was a summer camp counselor before. We were told to refer to homesickness as 'sapitis', so no campers would know what we were talking about. Is this in fact the real medical term or is it something made up?--Theloniouszen 22:57, 31 January 2007 (UTC)

"Capitis" is a term for ringworm of the scalp. It's the species name, in the bi-nomial scientific name. (talk) 19:06, 10 February 2008 (UTC)


I was once at my parents' summer home. Instead of missing home, I was missing it more there when I was going home, because I had fallen in love. I did not want to leave the summer destination, because it was several miles away from where I lived, and I was afraid to leave the one I loved.

While I was there, I had begun to experience crying fits, denial, and I spent most of my time staying indoors and crying alone in the bedroom. Does anyone know what it's called when you miss the place you left for, rather than home? User:Ladypulaski 12:15PM 25 May 2007.

LP, that's called Lust. --Onondagan opossum 22:32, 8 October 2007 (UTC)

Information page to Danish youth[edit]

Studying language abroad - Dealing with homesickness, Center validering (Research centre)

Covergaard (talk) 11:32, 6 May 2008 (UTC)

Religion used as a way to cope with homesickness?[edit]

Is it possible that the reason for people in the US being much more religious than Europeans has to do with sticking to something familiar? For example, I'm not a particular active member of the Roman Catholic church now, and haven't seen the inside of a church for years (apart for funerals and as a tourist), but when I would move to the US I think I might consider joining the local Roman Catholic church to have something that would feel familiar and would give an instant feeling of being a member of a group. Joepnl (talk) 00:12, 21 August 2011 (UTC)

modern research?[edit]

the modern research section looks like it was taken directly from a psychology course... the section refers not to homesickness but to multiple disorders that are similar. they should have their own page and not be on the homesickness page. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:26, 31 July 2012 (UTC)

Thurber edits[edit]

I've undone the recent Thurber edits as they:

  • introduced repetitive, unnecessary pictures
  • went against WP:MOS
  • introduced how to material
  • largely relied on sources written by Thurber (COI)
  • introduced copyrighted violations (example)
  • unduly promoted Thurber's videos

--NeilN talk to me 00:11, 9 November 2013 (UTC)

Replied to NeilN's concerns[edit]

Visit to read questions and comments. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Christopher Thurber (talkcontribs) 13:50, 13 November 2013 (UTC)

Copied here from my talk page --NeilN talk to me 14:20, 13 November 2013 (UTC)

Hi NeilN,

I appreciate your feedback on my revisions additions to the article on homesickness. I wish you had suggested edits on my Talk page, rather than executing a wholesale deletion of several days of work. It's my understanding that such disruptive editing is not in the spirit of Wikipedia. That said, you clearly have more Wikipedia editing years under your belt than I do. I'm sure you can help me answer the questions below.

Regarding several of the images I posted: As a clinical psychologist and academic, I adhere to the highest standards of ethical practice. Therefore, I secure minor model releases from all subjects I photograph. Although I indicated, during the photo upload process, that I had permission for these images, they have been removed. You can learn more about minor model releases from a copyright and trademark attorney, from a professional photographer or from a university IRB (internal review board). Naturally, I wonder whether the person who uploaded the camp photo (still posted) has minor model releases for the minors depicted in that photo.

Regarding the copyrighted image of the DVD-CD set I posted: Although it is copyrighted by the ACA, it is my own design and, as indicated during the photo upload process, I have permission to reproduce it. The posting of "The Secret Ingredients of Summer Camp Success" may seem self-referential, but it illustrates the only empirically validated homesickness prevention program for children. If the choice to remove it was based on commercial concerns or the appearance of a conflict of interest, I understand that and I appreciate your adherence to those guidelines. However, if it was based on concerns about the copyright, I can allay those concerns.

Regarding the removal of several bullet point lists of suggestions for coping with homesickness in different populations, I'm unclear why you felt this was helpful editing. I have published versions of these clinical guidelines in peer-reviewed academic journals. According to Wikipedia guidelines, this is an appropriate re-purposing of directly relevant content by the author. It appears that your objection may have been, in part, the fact that I cited my own published work (done in collaboration with Dr. Edward Walton). To date, no other researchers have published clinical guidelines, but I would welcome their contributions to this article. I have, as you can see, referenced many other researchers in my revisions.

In sum, I'm happy to engage in a polite, scholarly conversation about revisions. I look forward to your replies. In the future, I would rather bring questions to Talk pages rather than summarily redacting entire sections of text. Thank you for your consideration.

Christopher Thurber (talk) 13:43, 13 November 2013 (UTC)

Hello Dr. Thurber, I will be addressing your questions below:
The images of the minors were repetitive (even the captions were identical). Images in articles should be unique and the images themselves should provide the reader with a greater understanding of the text and not be merely decorative.
As you say, the image of the DVD set is copyrighted. It is not enough for you to have permission to reproduce it, you must have permission to release it under a free license like CC-BY-SA. That is, anyone can then take that image and do whatever they want to it (change it, sell it, etc.). The only exception to this is if the image was used in an article devoted to the DVD contents. Having said all this, the cover does not belong in this article as it's being displayed for commercial purposes.
Now to your text which had two main issues. First much of it was closely paraphrased from other sources like [1]. I realize that you wrote the paper but American Academy of Pediatrics claims the copyright. Second, and equally as important, Wikipedia is not a how to guide. Quoting, "While Wikipedia has descriptions of people, places and things, an article should not read like a "how-to" style owner's manual, advice column (legal, medical or otherwise) or suggestion box. This includes tutorials, instruction manuals, game guides, and recipes. Describing to the reader how other people or things use or do something is encyclopedic; instructing the reader in the imperative mood about how to use or do something is not". Applying it to this article, "how-to" lists of suggestions for preventing or coping with homesickness are not appropriate for Wikipedia.
I hope this answers your questions about why I reverted your latest additions. --NeilN talk to me 15:15, 13 November 2013 (UTC)

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