Muslim Youth in the Face of Islamophobia: Risk and Resilience

  • Madiha TahseenEmail author
  • Sawssan R. Ahmed
  • Sameera Ahmed


Although bullying of American Muslim adolescents is on the rise, there is little understanding of the complexities of their bullying experiences. The pervasiveness of bullying places Muslim (the usage of the term “Muslim” refers to American Muslims, unless otherwise noted) youth at risk for poor mental health and increased engagement in risky behaviors. These challenges create an atmosphere in which Muslim adolescents may feel misunderstood and unsupported in different settings in their lives. However, Muslim youth also demonstrate resilience in the face of bullying and discrimination (Ahmed et al. J Community Psychol 48:181–192, 2011). Thus, it is imperative to support Muslim youth from multiple avenues to foster resilience and minimize the negative impact of bullying. The goal of this chapter is to (1) summarize the research findings on the bullying experiences of American Muslim adolescents and (2) provide clinical recommendations and strategies for supporting their positive development.


Islamophobia Adolescents Mental health Discrimination Bullying 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Madiha Tahseen
    • 1
    Email author
  • Sawssan R. Ahmed
    • 2
    • 3
  • Sameera Ahmed
    • 4
  1. 1.The Family & Youth InstituteUniversity of MarylandBaltimoreUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyCalifornia State UniversityFullertonUSA
  3. 3.Department of PsychiatrySidra MedicineDohaQatar
  4. 4.The Family and Youth InstituteCantonUSA

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