A Sociological Review of the Reflections and Dimensions of Quality of Life of the Widows in Tehran

Abstract

The article explores some of the theoretical perspectives on widows, followed by empirical findings on the issue in Tehran. Widowhood transition being pursued by drop in relations, is observed and examined from various dimensions, with the hope of improving the quality of life of the widows. Some of the socio-economic effects of widowhood as appraised by various thinkers and scientists, are reflected in the context. The phenomenon being in existence as long as socially regulated marriage continues under the cause-and-effect laws, needs probing with special reference to the modern time. That is, being subject to emotional crises, they need to be multi-dimensionally studied. Through a multi-method strategy, and with the use of questionnaire tool, data were collected. Widowhood as a common problem in old age is followed by the isolation, a period of change and new challenges, i.e., reflection of a major stressful life event. However, widows as a vulnerable social group are seen worldwide with commonalities. In other words, about half of the women householders in the world are widowed. The author reflects a clear and tangible picture of the widows’ quality of life, and their satisfaction with life through the tabulated data. Nevertheless, government and relevant agencies in Iran, need to work and plan hard to provide the widows with necessary security and support.

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Sheykhi, M.T. A Sociological Review of the Reflections and Dimensions of Quality of Life of the Widows in Tehran. Soc Indic Res 78, 251–270 (2006). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11205-005-8426-7

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Keywords

  • bereavement
  • isolation
  • readjustment
  • social status
  • vulnerable group
  • widowhood