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Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.)
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Consuelo Cavalieri, Layla Asamarai, Tatyana Ramirez
Muslims in the United States face a number of stressors as a result of acculturation and discrimination. However, this population underutilizes professional mental health support (Aggarwal, 2016; Interian, 2013; Gottesfeld, 1995). While literature exploring the mental health needs of Muslim Americans is increasing, research and psychotherapy applications on various cultural groups within the Muslim community remains limited. Muslim Americans are understood as one homogenous group in psychotherapy literature when Islam is a multidimensional religion that is understood and practiced differently and influenced by the cultural context of the individual (Ahmed, 2007; Hassan, 2007). This study explored the help seeking behaviors of South Asian Muslim Americans. Through participant stories, this study examined the cultural and religious influences on these help-seeking preferences. Narrative inquiry was utilized to understand the stories told by ten South Asian Muslim Americans. Through thematic analysis, several themes were identified that suggested that South Asian Muslims acknowledged the benefit of utilizing therapy but experienced barriers that resulted in underutilization (Leong & Kalibatseva, 2011). Findings provide insight into barriers to seeking professional support and religious and cultural issues among this population. Recommendations for psychotherapists to utilize when working with South Asian Muslim Americans and future directions are included.
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Batool, Hina, "South Asian Muslim American Stories on Help-Seeking: Influences of Religiosity, Acculturation, and Discrimination" (2021). Professional Psychology Dissertations 2015-. 77.