Muslim women’s experiences with stigma, discrimination and abuse are associated with depression in America

Source: UAB – News by Alicia Rohan

A sample of Muslim women living in the United States reported high levels of psychosocial vigilance. These women were often cautious about what they said, avoided certain social situations and regularly prepared for insults from other people. These experiences were associated with depression, according to a study from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

“Our findings have implications for clinical care, public health practice and policy, because a depressed Muslim American woman may be discriminated against due to her religion and mental health,” said Henna Budhwani, Ph.D., assistant professor in the UAB School of Public Health. “These women face a double jeopardy, of sorts. They are stigmatized for practicing Islam and for having a mental illness. Those who interface with Muslim patients in a clinical setting may benefit from better understanding American Muslim women’s experiences to better treat their physical and mental conditions.”

Read more – Dated: June 07, 2017

 

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