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The Effects of Economic Strain on Stress in Farm Families

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Title: The Effects of Economic Strain on Stress in Farm Families
Author: Leistirx, F. Larry; Ekstrom, Brenda L.; Rathge, Richard W.
Description: Due to the depressed economy in late 1980's in agriculture, many farm families were being faced with the possibility of being forced off of their land and farms and out of their homes. The added emotional stress has an effect upon the private lives of these farming families. The added stress and emotional upheaval causes friction within family structures. Various other factors influence strain upon the farm family. This article addresses how important personal, structural and financial characteristics are in predicting farm family stress within the context of the farm financial crises in North Dakota at this time. In this presentation, they begin with the discussion of stress identified by researchers.The discussion serves as the backdrop of the analysis of the data on North Dakota farmers and ranchers. The findings of the study supports previous research in that there is a strong correlation between financial strain and increased stress in the lives of farm operators and their families.
Date: 1987
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Permalink: http://hdl.handle.net/10365/6155

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