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Michigan Minds Podcast: Identity integration helps American Muslim students

By Terry Kosdrosky

Public Engagement & Impact

 

The teen years are a time when many grapple with their identities between social groups. That can be especially acute for American teens who belong to a religious or ethnic minority

It turns out how well Muslim teenagers integrate their identities matters a great deal, U-M professor Muniba Saleem explains in this episode of the Michigan Minds podcast.

 

 

Her research shows that the resiliency of American Muslim students when faced with discrimination or negative messages depends on how well they integrate their Muslim and American identities. It also factors into how they interact with other kids outside their social group.

 

“The more they feel secure about those multiple identities, the more likely they are to be successful, the more likely they are to kind of adapt in negative and threatening contexts,” she said.

 

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