11th Annual Muslim Mental Health Conference
Held in Tempe, Arizona, the 11th Annual Muslim Mental Health Conference welcomed over 200 attendees from across the US. A highlight of the conference was the Islamic Social Services Association's 10th Anniversary Gala Dinner.
Islamophobia, Stigmatization and Muslim Identity: Impact on Mental Health Symptoms and Implications for Treatment - Imman Musa, Ph.D. Despite the prevalence of Islamophobia in the United States, research examining the psychological impact of Islamophobia on Muslim Americans is scarce. The current study examined the impact of perceived Islamophobia and stigmatization on symptoms of depression, anxiety, and stress for American Muslims. Islamophobia was related to increased symptoms of depression, anxiety and stress, as were feelings of stigmatization. Centrality of Muslim identity was a protective factor in the relation between stigmatization and mental health symptoms. The question remains of how to help individuals who are struggling with distress related to Islamophobia. To address this problem, a treatment approach which includes education on systemic oppression and strengthening Muslim identification is proposed, and case examples will be provided. Muslim Mental Health Conference Tempe AZ 4/6/19