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

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)259-286
Number of pages28
JournalJournal of Family and Economic Issues
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2000



  • Conflict
  • Conflict style
  • Family business
  • Quality of life

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Economics and Econometrics

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