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Empowering single mothers in Iran: Applying a problem-solving model in learning groups to develop participants' capacities to improve their lives
Linköping University.
Karlstad University, Faculty of Social and Life Sciences, Department of Social Studies.
Lakehead University, Canada.
Linkoping University.
2013 (English)In: British Journal of Social Work, ISSN 0045-3102, E-ISSN 1468-263X, Vol. 43, no 5, 1-20 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Since 2000, a problem-solving model has been taught to the Society for Protecting the Rights of the Child, and teachers and  students of social work in two universities in Iran. Since 2006, with the initiation of UNICEF, social workers, psychologists  and even some psychiatrists in Iran have been learning this model. In 2008, a group of researchers created an empowerment-oriented  psycho-social group and private intervention project to assess whether a group of Iranian single mothers could use this model, which was traditionally used by professionals only, to effectively and independently meet challenges in their own lives. Our results show that all women used the model effectively and, consequently, made more deliberate decisions to improve their life situations. Some of the women succeeded in finding a job and many improved their family relationships. This study suggests that empowerment-oriented social work can help many clients to achieve their goals, and that this psycho-social intervention project can be a useful model for social work in Iran and many other societies.

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Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013. Vol. 43, no 5, 1-20 p.
Keyword [en]
Iranian single mothers; psycho-social intervention; empowerment; capacity-development; the Rahyab problem-solving model
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Social Work
Research subject
Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-15688DOI: 10.1093/bjsw/bcs009ISI: 000322671100002OAI: diva2:570726
Available from: 2012-11-20 Created: 2012-11-20 Last updated: 2016-05-19Bibliographically approved

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