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Scapegoating in an Early Adolescent Girls Group

Authors
  • Eilenberg, Mara E.1
  • Wyman, Sharon E.2, 3
  • 1 New York State Psychiatric Institute, Research and Psychiatric Social Worker, Department of Child Psychiatry, New York, New York , New York
  • 2 Montefiore Medical Center, Department of Child Psychiatry, Bronx, New York , Bronx
  • 3 Albert Einstein/Yeshiva University, Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology at, Bronx, New York , Bronx
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Child and Adolescent Group Therapy
Publisher
Kluwer Academic Publishers-Plenum Publishers
Publication Date
Mar 01, 1998
Volume
8
Issue
1
Pages
3–11
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1023/A:1022908923453
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
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Abstract

This article discusses scapegoating as it occurred in an outpatient psychotherapy group for early adolescent girls. It illustrates how the role of scapegoat can be assumed by various group members depending on the contemporary needs and climate of the group. In this instance, the role of scapegoat fluctuated among three members. Effects on group development and cohesiveness are discussed.

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