Role involvement of farm women

Sharon M Danes, Donald McTavish

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This study describes role involvement of farm women through computer content analysis of text. This approach provides a broad framework for characterizing social meanings. The sample includes 193 farm women. The role involvement variable includes a combination of the farm work role, off-farm work role, family role, and social/civic role. Four contextual/conceptual categories are the organizing foundation of the computer content analysis program. Those women at the lowest involvement levels described their needs in traditional ways, the mid-range levels were more emotional, and those at the highest role involvement levels were very pragmatic. The mid-ranges emphasized themes of help, education, and future while the highest levels emphasized immediate time and uncertainty.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)69-89
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Family and Economic Issues
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1997

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Sharon M. Danes is Associate Professor in the Family Social Science Department and Family Resource Management Extension Specialist, University of Minnesota, 275f McNeal Hall, St. Paul, MN 55108. Her research interests include family decision making, interrelationship of work and family roles, and discrepancies between standards and levels of living. Donald G. McTavishis Professor of Sociology and Rural Sociology,University ofMin-nesota, 53 Classroom Office Building, St. Paul, MN 55108. His research interests include computer content analysis methodology, sociology of aging, and organizational contexts. Research was supported by the Emma B. Howe Foundation in Minneapolis, MN, and the Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station, Project 52-058. The authors wish to thank Deborah Fravel, Bernadine Enevoldson, and Cathy Schultz for their research assistance.


  • Content analysis
  • Farm women
  • Role involvement
  • Roles
  • Women's roles


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