عنوان مقاله [English]
Chanch asch higher literacy and employment, extension of virtual spaces ' have(IT) have caused the Iranian women to encounter a dilemma in their transinon from a traditional mechanical society to a modem organic one. rne traditraditional social structure, on the one hand, requires that women ~orm traditraditional functions. The newly arisen opportunities, on the other . encoencourage women to develop an independent personality so that to act
without a passive dependence on others. Considering the fact that in the iranian society the family is still regarded as the most vital social institution, - poposes an anomie situation by which the survival of the family is threatened This paper attempts to find an appropriate solution to the question as to how the society can pass through this crucial stage. In doing so<the authors critically examine various definitions of women's autonomy,and put forward their own definition. This has been achieved using various theoretical approaches with an aim to identifYing the factors affecting en's autonomy; by either weakening or strengthening it. A questionnaire was used to test the independent and dependent variables of the study dy. The results of the stepwise regression analysis indicated that out of factors undunder study, five were of the greatest significance, explaining61.4 of dependent variable changes. These factors are found to be as the ofollowing and in that order: self-concept, privacy, socio-cultural relations network, income and the husband's social status. Also, path analysis showed he the intermediate variables directly and the structural variables indirectly t affect women's autonomy.