Hijab-Wearing Psychologists and Their Contributions to Mental Health Care

HijabWearing Psychologists and their Contributions to Mental Health Care

Hijab-wearing psychologists have played an important role in mental health care. Their work has helped to address some of the biggest issues facing Muslims. However, they have also faced the challenge of balancing their cultural beliefs and attitudes with the needs of patients and professionals.


Hijab-wearing psychologists and their contributions to mental health care are a controversial topic. Several studies have been conducted on this topic. However, there has been little empirical research on this topic. This article aims to provide a basic overview of this issue. It also offers some recommendations for future studies.

The study investigated the experiences of 17 Arabic-speaking Syrian and Iraqi Muslim refugee adults seeking services at a mental health clinic in Berlin. These informants were asked to write narratives about their experiences. Most interviewees described their faith as a source of reassurance. They reported attending religious services and meeting other Muslims.

Researchers also discussed the ways in which the presence of racial bias could have affected the participants' experiences. They suggest that this may have been a subconscious issue. A one-way ANOVA was used to determine between-group differences. Further, correlation analyses were conducted to determine associations between age, gender, and religiosity.

Despite the prevalence of negative health outcomes among non-Whites, mental health care practitioners continue to demonstrate prejudicial attitudes. Ultimately, these attitudes hinder equitable health care for non-Whites.

Researchers believe that practitioners harbor an implicit racial bias. As a result, they struggle to adapt to their clients' needs. For this reason, they may manifest prejudicial attitudes toward non-Whites, which lead to a lack of cultural competence.

To prevent a pathologisation of social experiences, mental health practitioners need to engage in culturally competent care approaches. This can be done through collaborative efforts between the faith institutions and mental health professionals. Moreover, they should be flexible enough to adapt to the individual needs of their clients.

Similarly, faith can serve as a coping mechanism for the traumatic experience of a refugee's displacement journey. In addition, the study suggests that mental health professionals can work in tandem with Islamic organizations to provide positive faith-based coping.

Overall, this article offers a valuable perspective on the relationship between religion and mental health. It has implications for humanitarian migrants across Europe. Specifically, it is hoped that this article will contribute to a discussion of the role of faith in the wellbeing of refugees.

Approaches to cultural competence

In order to promote cultural competence and to ensure that mental health practitioners are adequately prepared for work with non-White clients, the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) promotes training in this area. AHPRA's approach to cultural competency is built around a number of principles that apply to other non-White groups as well.

One of the key concepts of cultural competency is addressing race and racism. The model of cultural competence includes three components: knowledge, skills, and awareness. Knowledge includes learning about racial differences and biases, whereas skills involve overcoming the cultural errors that a practitioner might encounter. Lastly, awareness involves recognizing the effects of racial prejudice and discrimination on individuals and populations.

Using a systematic review, researchers compared the similarities and differences in practitioners' attitudes toward non-White people. Their research revealed that practitioners perceived non-Whites through colour-blind beliefs systems. They also found that practitioners engaged in a variety of culturally competent care approaches. However, the implication is that they may still have some way to go in deconstructing long-held assumptions.

In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers examined the complex relationships between a range of different variables. Their findings highlight the need for further study and training on cultural competency.

Researchers used a variety of tools to identify the most important factors associated with cultural competence. This includes the use of a systematic review and a survey of practitioners. Among the most notable results was the prevalence of practitioners who advocated for open discourse on racism. Another was the effectiveness of training to enhance a practitioner's cultural competence.

An online questionnaire was sent to 139 mental health practitioners. Participants were required to answer a variety of questions relating to their demographic characteristics. Some of the measures included the Color-Blind Racial Attitudes Scale, the Balanced Inventory of Desirable Responding (BIDR) subscale, and the Multicultural Counselling Inventory.

Ultimately, the BIDR subscale demonstrated that a practitioner's self-image is one of the most significant predictors of their ability to provide effective multi-cultural counselling. Those who reported a higher self-image had a stronger sense of confidence in their abilities and a more positive view of their own capabilities.

Impact of Islamophobia on Muslims' worldview

Islamophobia is a term used to describe the societal inequalities that affect Muslim people. These inequalities are caused by the social relations between Muslim and non-Muslim populations and the exclusionary practices employed by institutions.

The racialization of Muslims is a phenomenon that has been influenced by trends in American domestic and geopolitical conditions. This is evidenced by recent polls, which show an increase in hostility towards Muslims. Moreover, legislation in the United States targeting Islamic religious practices has fueled the growth of anti-Muslim sentiment.

A large portion of Americans believe that law enforcement agencies are justified in using racial profiling tactics against Arabs and Muslims. But, how do these policies impact the lives of American Muslims?

Using content analysis, the author analyzed a dataset containing incidents of anti-Muslim hate crimes in the United States over the past two years. He also explored how this data relates to the institutionalization of Islamophobia in the country. Ultimately, the goal was to uncover how the symbols and mechanisms of Islamophobia interact with racialization processes.

In terms of research, the article compared data from the Center for Study of Hate and Extremism, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It also investigated the influence of anti-Muslim rhetoric on Muslims' mental health. By focusing on the micro level, the author was able to identify and quantify the most significant phenomena in the context of Islamophobia.

Islamophobia is an ideology that has gained public prominence since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. As a result, it has been widely discussed in the media. Among the major factors affecting this trend are nationalism, Eurocentrism, and the Eurabian threat. Moreover, Islamophobia is also part of the Counter-Jihad movement, which has been spreading in North America.

The paper explores how this relationship between Islamophobia and racialization shaped the lives of Muslim people. It also provides a model of how a holistic view of Islam can provide a useful guide for the mental health of American Muslims.

Islamophobia is a phenomenon that should concern all Americans. Moreover, it has a direct and indirect impact on the mental health of American Muslims. Therefore, it is important to look at both its origins and its implications.


In this study, a series of semi-structured interviews were conducted with mental health care practitioners, both White and non-White, to explore their attitudes towards non-White clients. The resulting data was analysed for five themes.

The first theme explored the extent to which participants perceive non-White people negatively. Results indicated that the majority of practitioners perceived non-Whites negatively. Practitioners with negative perceptions of non-Whites were found to have lower levels of cultural competence. Similarly, practitioners with higher levels of cultural competence were found to be more likely to engage in culturally competent care practices.

Another theme explored the extent to which participants felt that their attitudes toward non-Whites were unconsciously biased. Participants were asked to complete a 7-point Likert scale with answers ranging from "not true" to "very true." Higher scores indicate more inclination to behave in socially desirable ways.

An exploratory survey was also administered online. Participants were recruited via advertising in professional organizations and on social media. Most participants spoke English only. They were between the ages of 18 and 24. Almost all were female and most had completed their undergraduate or postgraduate qualifications within the last five years. Some had received training in cultural competence.

A panel of 20 practitioners were interviewed. During the interviews, they were asked to provide narratives about their experiences on video calls. It was noted that most of them had attended cultural competence-related conferences and workshops. This was believed to be positively associated with their cultural competence.

Researchers have shown that racial discrimination is a significant factor in disease. Furthermore, researchers have shown that racial bias among mental health practitioners is a real phenomenon. However, practitioners can mitigate the long-term harm caused by racial discrimination by engaging in more open discourse about racism.

To improve client mental health outcomes, clinicians should identify and address any prejudicial attitudes. They should work to reduce ethnic colour-blindness. Identifying these attitudes can also be a way to address practitioner cultural competence.

Increasing the diversity of the sample may better reflect the racial and cultural backgrounds of the population being studied. This would allow a more accurate representation of cultural competence.