By Madiha Tahseen, Ph.D with support from Sameera Ahmed, Ph.D. and Anwar Hussein, B.S.

During their teen years, Muslim youth are trying to figure out who they are and what they believe in – just like their peers. Some may question rules and authority – behavior that may appear to parents and other adults as being rebellious. However, these behaviors are an attempt to understand the meaning behind the rules in their lives. This research bulletin examines research on Muslim youth identity development and summarizes it in an easily digestible way. Within the bulletin, you’ll find highlights of the findings and suggestions for how to apply the research to your everyday decisions.

This bulletin includes sections designed specifically for parents who want to help their child(ren) build strong resilient identities as Muslims in America.


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