Tensions generated by business issues in farm business-owning couples

Sharon M. Danes, Yoon G. Lee

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Business tensions were investigated for farm couples. Wives reported higher tension in four out of seven business tensions. Profit was the highest priority for husbands, whereas wives identified good family relationships as the highest priority. Transferring family financial resources to the business and having preschool children was associated with increased tensions for both wives and husbands. For husbands only, experiencing more stressful life events and indicating high importance for keeping the business within the family was associated with increased tensions. For both spouses, having the husband place family over business in priority, having a high level of functional integrity in the family system, and having a wife who was satisfied with her role in the business was associated with decreased tensions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)357-366
Number of pages10
JournalFamily relations
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2004


  • Business
  • Families
  • Family businesses
  • Farm
  • Goal achievement
  • Tensions


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