Postprint version. Published in International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, Volume 57, Issue 1, January 1, 2007, pages 93-105.
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.
2007 Taylor & Francis.
This is an electronic version of an article published in the International Journal of Group Psychotherapy.