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Current Women`s Health Reviews


ISSN (Print): 1573-4048
ISSN (Online): 1875-6581

Research Article

Social Networks and Health in Women: Results from a Qualitative Study in Iran

Author(s): Azam Baheiraei, Fatemeh Bakouei and Eesa Mohammadi

Volume 12, Issue 2, 2016

Page: [130 - 136] Pages: 7

DOI: 10.2174/1573404812666161102160944

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Background: Social capital is a proposed social and contextual factor that affects health. Social capital is a combination of social networks and social cohesions developed in the given networks. In this conventional content analysis study, we explored the role of social networks in women’s health.

Methods: Ten semi-structured, in-depth interviews of women (according on data saturation) were conducted in 2014. Transcripts of interviews were analyzed using inductive systematic thematic analysis and the themes were noted and summarized.

Results: From analyzing the data, two themes were extracted including “feeling of self-efflorescence” and “health improvement”, by an emphasis on some effective strategies of social networks on health.

Conclusions: Social networks can both directly and indirectly result in keeping and enhancing women’s health status. In this regard, feeling of self-efflorescence and health improvement were respectively the indirect and direct paths of the relationship between social networks and health.

Keywords: Social networks, health, women, efflorescence, qualitative study.

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