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ERIC Number: ED422590
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Nov
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
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The Forensic Widow: Reflections on Living with and Assisting a Forensic Director.
Jensen, Gina
A number of unique challenges face the spouse of a forensic educator, including the possibility of becoming a forensic widow/widower. The job of a forensics coach is all-encompassing and requires endless hours of dedication, drive, and driving. Trying to keep up on all of the required duties is very time consuming and leaves little time for anything else. The forensics coach spends all but two or three weekends during a school year traveling to tournaments. All of the time alone spent by the spouse who stays at home can leave that spouse lonely and with a lot of responsibility. Some spouses have time available to spend becoming involved in tournaments hosted by their forensic partner, and they may be able to travel with their partner's team or participate in several facets of forensics. One wife assists her husband as much as possible--she drives the vans, listens to practices, serves as a judge, and attends weekly team meetings. If a person is not interested in forensics but wants to avoid the widow syndrome as much as possible, there is a prescription: the couple can decide upon an afternoon and evening that they can deem "non-forensic, non-career." (CR)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A