You are invited to take part in our study about the Impact of Islamophobia and Muslim American experiences with religious discrimination. This study assesses the effect of Islamophobia on Muslim Americans and examines their strategies for coping with religion-based discrimination during and after the 2016 US presidential election. By ”Islamophobia” we mean fear of Muslims and negative attitudes towards Muslims and the religion of Islam. Ultimately, the results from the study may be published or presented at professional conferences. Information from this study may benefit the Muslim community in the future. Specifically, we hope to be able to recommend more specific preventive programs and services nationally for all Muslim-Americans. We are also planning to increase public and mental health providers’ awareness of available preventive methods and services.
More information: To participate in this study you must be self-identified as a Muslim, be 18 years or older, reside in the USA, and select a YES answer before you take part in the study. Once we have confirmed that you are eligible, you will be asked a series of questions. These questions first inquire your racial/ethnic and other demographic backgrounds. The survey then asks about your experiences with religious discrimination (Islamophobia) and coping strategies. Completing the survey should take no longer than 15-20 minutes.
Potential Risks: There are no reasonably foreseeable (or expected) risks associated with your participation in the study. However, certain questions about participants’ experiences with religious discrimination or Islamophobia may cause some participants to experience stress or emotional discomfort. Before taking part in this study, you should consider whether recalling experiences of religious discrimination would be too upsetting for you. To minimize any possible anxiety, you have the choice to skip questions, and or withdraw from the survey. If you need help coping with stress related to this study or any experiences with Islamophobia, please contact The Institute of Muslim Mental Health by clicking on the following link to find a therapist in your area:
Potential Benefits: As a participant in this research study, there will be no direct benefits to you. However, participating in the study will provide an opportunity to reflect on your own experiences. Some participants may benefit from this study if it results in their seeking help to address any fears or anxiety they may have about religious discrimination or stressors.