RESEARCH ARTICLE


Factors Involved in Iranian Women Heads of Household’s Health Promotion Activities: A Grounded Theory Study



Forough Rafii1, Naima Seyedfatemi1, Mahboubeh Rezaei*, 2
1 Center for Nursing Care Research, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
2 School of Nursing and Midwifery, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran


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Abstract

We aimed to explore and describe the factors involved in Iranian women heads of household’s health promotion activities. Grounded theory was used as the method. Sixteen women heads of household were recruited. Data were generated by semi structured interviews. Our findings indicated that remainder of resources (money, time and energy) alongside perceived severity of health risk were two main factors whereas women’s personal and socio-economic characteristics were two contextual factors involved in these women's health promotion activities. To help these women improve their health status, we recommended that the government, non-governmental organizations and health care professionals provide them with required resources and increase their knowledge by holding training sessions.

Keywords: : Health promotion activities, Women heads of household, Women’s health, Grounded theory.