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Trailing Spouses

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Much of Williston's population growth in recent years has been men who moved there for a good paying job. Eventually, their families might follow. But such a move is a big challenge for those who leave their comfort zone to start a new life.

Boom towns may keep the economy chugging along, but it has often led to a condition that some experts are calling "trailing spouse syndrome."

"What I've seen here is there a lot of women, often, that move with their partners to follow the oil industry. What they've done is they leave home, they leave their social community and they leave any sort of projects they've built up," says Sundae Schneider-Bean a intercultural specialist.

She says it's normal to have a tough first year in a new town. She recommends spouses make a conscious effort to participate in a hobby that brings them joy and to search for a community or support group.

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