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Scapegoating in Group Psychotherapy
International Journal of Group Psychotherapy
  • J. Kelly Moreno, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
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The purpose of this paper is to describe and illuminate the phenomenon of scapegoating in group psychotherapy. Specifically, the role of projective identification - on both individual and group-wide bases - in the evolution of the deviant is delineated. Individual, interpersonal, and whole-group interventions are presented along with the technique of functional subgrouping, a relatively new and particularly potent group intervention. Several case vignettes are detailed for illustration.
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This is an electronic version of an article published in the International Journal of Group Psychotherapy.
Citation Information
J. Kelly Moreno. "Scapegoating in Group Psychotherapy" International Journal of Group Psychotherapy Vol. 57 Iss. 1 (2007) p. 93 - 105
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