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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2019  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 155

Introduction of a community-based participatory model for women's mental health promotion in Iran: A-Z


1 Department of Development and Research Coordination, Ministry of Health and Medical Education, Deputy for Research and Technology, Tehran, Iran
2 Social Determinant of Health Research Center, University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Science, Tehran, Iran
3 Social Determinant of Health Research Center, University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Science, Tehran, Iran; Department of Mental Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, USA
4 Department of Development and Research Coordination, Ministry of Health and Medical Education, Deputy for Research and Technology; Social Determinant of Health Research Center, University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Science, Tehran, Iran
5 Department of Social Welfare, Alborz University of Medical Sciences, Alborz, Iran
6 Department of Mental Health, School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA
7 Curry School of Education, University of Virginia, Virginia, USA

Correspondence Address:
Masoumeh Dejman
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore

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DOI: 10.4103/ijpvm.IJPVM_136_17

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Background: To address the disproportionate burden of poor mental health among women, we present a community based participatory research (CBPR) model used to develop a women's mental health promotion program for Iranian women. Methods: This is a multi-phase interventional study using a CBPR approach among married women age 18–65 living in Tehran. First, participants described the process of women's mental health. Subsequent steps involved participatory needs assessment, priority setting, intervention design, and evaluation. Finally, a conceptual model of women's mental health promotion was developed. Results: “Seeking comfort” emerged as the core process in women's mental health. To promote mental health, women prioritized training on coping mechanisms to deal with stress. Women receiving this training used more problem-based coping methods and reported a higher quality of life than the comparison group. Conclusions: The resulting conceptual model illustrates the utility of using a CBPR approach to develop women's mental health promotion programs.


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