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ERIC Number: ED110249
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Aug-24
Reference Count: N/A
Father-Son Decision-Making in Joint Farming Arrangements.
Kowalski, Gregory S.; Coughenour, C. Milton
Part of a larger study of father-son farms, this study explored the decision-making patterns of farm families which have self-designated father-son, joint farming arrangements. Emphasis was upon the determination of: (1) personal and situational factors which are explanative of the father's or son's perception of decision-making involvement and (2) the multiple effects of these factors on decision-making. Lists of father-son farm operations were obtained from county extension agents. In order to be included on the list, the farm had to possess the following characteristics: (1) operated jointly (to some degree) by a father and son, and (2) the son had to be 17 years of age or older and working full-time on the farm or intend to enter farming or take over the farm. Data were obtained from 145 father-son farms located in 13 selected counties in Kentucky. Two scales measuring the individual's perception of task involvement and general decision-making were developed, with 12 items comprising each scale. Among the findings were: (1) older fathers perceived that their sons participate more in decisions and farm tasks than did younger fathers; (2) the son's perception of his own decision-making involvement varied directly with age; and (3) greater commitment to the joing operation was reflected in perception of a larger personal role in decision-making. (Author/NQ)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Kentucky Univ., Lexington. Agricultural Experiment Station.
Identifiers - Location: Kentucky