Financial problems and health complaints among farm couples: results of a 10-year follow-up study.

M. J. Gorgievski-Duijvesteijn, C. W. Giesen, A. B. Bakker

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Over a 10-year period, this survey study of 91 Dutch dairy farm couples investigated both causal and reversed causal relationships between couples' financial problems and husbands' and wives' mental and physical health complaints, as well as crossover effects of mental and physical health complaints between spouses. These relationships were tested simultaneously using structural equation modeling analyses. Results showed that financial problems were not predictive of health complaints for either spouse but that husbands' health complaints did predict both couples' financial problems and wives' health complaints 10 years later. These findings emphasize the importance of mental and physical health as resources for both the business and the family. For wives, these effects were not found, which may reflect the different positions of husbands and wives at the farm and, hence, the different ways they allocate their resources.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)359-373
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Occupational Health Psychology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2000
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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