Codes of Behavior
The people involved in institutional behavior must be prepared to carry out their appropriate roles. The roles are often expressed in formal codes, such as the oath of allegiance to the country, the marriage vows, the medical profession's oath of Hippocrates, and the codes of chits of several other groups
A formal Code of behavior, however' impressive, is no guarantee of proper role per consonance . Husbands and wives may prove unfaithful to marital :vows, citizens who fervently repeat the pledge of -allegiance may evade their taxes, and church members who have sworn fidelity to their religious' creed may lapse Into indifference. If the' behavior code is fully learned and often reinforced, It may be and L t ere are no swift a d sure punishments for violation, the code may be quietly ignored. A formal code is part of the total behavior that mass up an in institutional role Much of the behavior in any role-parent soldier priest professor, politician-consists of an elaborate body of informal traditions, expectations,, and routine. which one absorbs only through long observation of and/or experience in the role. Children who have never live in a happy family are likely to have in successfully filling the roles of parent and husband or wife. Like roles of all "kinds, institutional roles can be filled most successfully by those who have internalized the proper role attitudes and behavior.