Intergroup relations and Muslims’ mental health in Western societies

Kalek, Sally, Mak, Anita, & Khawaja, Nigar G. (2010) Intergroup relations and Muslims’ mental health in Western societies. Journal of Muslim Mental Health, 5(2), pp. 160-193.

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This review article proposes that theories and research of intergroup contact, prejudice, and acculturation, enhance understanding of the current intercultural relations between Muslims and non-Muslims in Western societies, such as in Australia. The actual and perceived prejudice that many Muslims studying, working, and living in the West have been experiencing following the 2001 terrorist attacks, adds an additional layer of stress to the psychosocial adjustment of Muslim immigrants and sojourners, affecting their cross-cultural adaptation and mental health. Stephan and colleagues’ Integrated Threat Theory argues that the perceived threat experienced by all parties, explains the acts of prejudice. Berry’s acculturation framework highlights that adaptive acculturation is determined by congruent host nation policies and practices and immigrant acculturation strategies. Implications for multicultural policy, intercultural training, and mental health practice, and suggestions for future research, are discussed.

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ID Code: 32942
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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DOI: 10.1080/15564908.2010.487722
ISSN: 1556-5009
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Social and Community Psychology (170113)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Taylor and Francis
Deposited On: 24 Jun 2010 23:54
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2011 15:51

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