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It was particularly a younger aunt who may have been a confidante, giving advice about morals and sex or explaining the occurrence of menarche.  Such allowances axe not forgotten.  Generally speaking, those families that were socioeconomically most secure, in part because of original caste status, having gone to South Africa as passenger migrants rather than as indentured laborers, and/or because of coparcenary commercial enterprises, could insist more on the maintenance of tradition in terms of mate selection, supervision of children, and continuity of traditional family patterns.

A mother who controls the household and supervises a daughter and a daughter­in­law will invariably give preference to the former as she assigns duties for cleaning, caring, and cooking.  The second most frequent residential category was that in which either the father or mother was deceased.  It was particularly a younger aunt who may have been a confidante, giving advice about morals and sex or explaining the occurrence of menarche.  Such allowances axe not forgotten.  Generally speaking, those families that were socioeconomically most secure, in part because of original caste status, having gone to South Africa as passenger migrants rather than as indentured laborers, and/or because of coparcenary commercial enterprises, could insist more on the maintenance of tradition in terms of mate selection, supervision of children, and continuity of traditional family patterns.

The most important role is that of mother; but she must also administer a household to the satisfaction of her husband.  Such ideals result in patterned forms of behavior, in actions and choices which are rewarded; in short, in expressions of culture which differ from one society to another, exacting rewards for adults who perform the roles correctly and praise for young persons who follow them as blueprints for behavior. Population Profile The original selection of participants produced thirty women in each category; but for a variety of reasons, the final sample contained twenty­nine pre­ and twenty­ seven postmenopausal women.

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