Background: Social capital is a proposed social and contextual factor that affects health.
Social capital is a combination of social networks and social cohesions developed in the given networks.
In this conventional content analysis study, we explored the role of social networks in women’s health.
Methods: Ten semi-structured, in-depth interviews of women (according on data saturation) were
conducted in 2014. Transcripts of interviews were analyzed using inductive systematic thematic analysis
and the themes were noted and summarized.
Results: From analyzing the data, two themes were extracted including “feeling of self-efflorescence”
and “health improvement”, by an emphasis on some effective strategies of social networks on health.
Conclusions: Social networks can both directly and indirectly result in keeping and enhancing women’s
health status. In this regard, feeling of self-efflorescence and health improvement were respectively the
indirect and direct paths of the relationship between social networks and health.