The farm crisis in the Upper Midwest in the mid-1980s created financial distress that has deeply affected farm families. This paper examines the experiences of these families attempting to survive their financial troubles. It provides a portrait of their personal characteristics and gives a sense of the conditions that they confront in their daily lives. Out of the insights gleaned, this study furnishes ideas for future research. Twenty-two husbands and nineteen wives from twenty-five farm families participated in this study. The data collected from these financially troubled families was gathered between February and November 1986. It was obtained through use of a nonrandom purpose sampling method, and through administration of a survey questionnaire and extensive interview.
Langham, Thomas C.
"The Agricultural Crisis in the Upper Midwest: Responses to Financial Distress on the Family Farm,"
Great Plains Sociologist: Vol. 1:
1, Article 4.
Available at: https://openprairie.sdstate.edu/greatplainssociologist/vol1/iss1/4