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Depression and Fear among Muslim Families in Southern California

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Depression and Fear among Muslim Families in Southern California

A Post September 11, 2001 Analysis

By Ian Chand, Ph.D. and Sandy Moghadam, M.S.

April 2004

Islam: “No one of you is a believer until he desires for brother or a sister that which he desires for


Christianity: “All things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so

to them.”

Judaism: “What is hateful to you do not do to your fellow man.”

Buddhism: “Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful.”

Hinduism: “Do naught unto others what would cause you pain if done to you.”

Taoism: “Regard your neighbor’s gain as your own gain and your neighbor’s loss as

your own case.”


The authors of this article aim to raise cultural awareness and cultural sensitivity to

marriage and family therapists by providing knowledge gained from a study of the impact of

September 11, 2001, on Muslim families in Southern California. The authors will look at the

depression and fear as related to such factors as culture, religion, ethnicity, and gender.

Findings reflect the Muslim people experience varying levels of depression and fear when

faced with traumatic events, such as the horrific events of September 11, 2001. The data in

this study were collected and multiple regression statistical analysis were used to examine

the significance or the extent to which factors contributed to imbalances in mental well

being of Muslim families in Southern California. Findings may be helpful to marriage and

family therapists when treating Muslim families.


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