Journal of Family and Economic Issues

, Volume 21, Issue 3, pp 259–286 | Cite as

Effects of Conflict Styles and Conflict Severity on Quality of Life of Men and Women in Family Businesses

  • Sharon M. Danes
  • Ronit D. Leichtentritt
  • Michael E. Metz
  • Catherine Huddleston-Casas


Studies show that family businesses need to manage conflict, but there has been little research on different conflict manifestations and their impact on families involved in businesses together. This study investigates the impact of six conflict styles on severity of conflict and quality of life for husbands and wives in 206 farm family businesses. Data analysis was done using structural equation modeling, with independent models for each gender. For men, the assertion style negatively impacted, and aggression positively impacted the severity of conflict; for women, aggression and withdrawal styles positively impacted, and denial negatively impacted severity of conflict. There was a strong negative relationship between severity of conflict and quality of life for both men and women in family businesses.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sharon M. Danes
    • 1
  • Ronit D. Leichtentritt
    • 2
  • Michael E. Metz
    • 3
    • 4
  • Catherine Huddleston-Casas
    • 5
  1. 1.Family Social Science DepartmentUniversity of MinnesotaSt. Paul
  2. 2.Bob Shapell School of Social WorkTel Aviv UniversityTel-AvivIsrael
  3. 3.Meta AssociatesSt. Paul
  4. 4.Department of Family Social ScienceUniversity of MinnesotaUSA
  5. 5.Family Science DepartmentUniversity of MinnesotaUSA

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