Document Type : Original Research Paper


1 Assistant Professor of Social Sciences, Department of Social Sciences, Payām-e Noor University, Tehran, Iran

2 M.A Student in Sociology, Department of Sociology, Payām-e Noor University, Tehran, Iran


Economic empowerment is one of the variables affecting women's social health in a society. The main purpose of this study is to investigate the relationship between the dimension of economic empowerment and social health of female-headed households, especially among self-help and non-self-help groups as an interdisciplinary subject. Theories of social health and empowerment have been used to study the effect of independent variable on dependent ones. The main question of this article is whether there is a relationship between economic empowerment of women household heads and their social health? The research method is survey-based and through a prepared questionnaire. The statistical population is female-headed household members and those under the auspices of the Tehran Welfare Organization who were selected randomly. The sample size is 200 women. Findings showed that the average score of the five dimensions of social health in female-headed households in the self-help group was significantly higher at 95% confidence level than female-headed households in the non-self-employed group. The average score of four dimensions of economic empowerment in female-headed households in the self-help group was higher than non-self-employed female-headed households. Accordingly, based on the outcome, economic empowerment of women in these two groups found to have a significant effect on their social health.


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