Reflections on the psychological stressors and issues that children of believers from Muslim backgrounds face

Developing a framework for a better understanding of the relevant issues


  • Daniel Ong


Stressors, religious registration and education, Muslim, identity, psychology, human rights, children


This article reflects on legal, missiological, criminological and psychological documentation and experiences that believers from Muslim backgrounds (BMBs) face. Conclusions drawn from these areas help develop a framework to understand some of the psychological stressors and issues that children of BMBs face within the state schooling system and their community. Practitioners such as human rights and advocacy specialists, missionaries and counsellors could benefit by reflecting on these issues. The main contribution of this article is the novel way in which it ties the various issues into a four-pronged, holistic framework surrounding a child’s identity to augment clarity of discussion, research and intervention.