Journal of Family and Economic Issues

, Volume 26, Issue 3, pp 419–441

Farm Business-Owning Couples: Interrelationships among Business Tensions, Relationship Conflict Quality, and Spousal Satisfaction



The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationships among business tensions, relationship conflict quality, and satisfaction with spouse for 206 farm business-owning couples. The Sustainable Family Business Model and the Family FIRO (Fundamental Interpersonal Relations Orientation) model guided the path analysis. For both husbands and wives, locus of control was negatively related to business tensions; decision involvement discrepancy was positively related to relationship conflict quality; and business tensions were negatively related to relationship conflict quality. For husbands, relationship conflict quality was positively related to satisfaction with spouse; for wives, business tensions were negatively related to satisfaction with business-owning spouse.

Key words

family business farm couples FIRO relationship conflict spousal satisfaction 


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© Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of MinnesotaSt. Paul
  2. 2.University of MinnesotaSt. Paul

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