Bearding the Goat- One View of Scapegoating

  • William Wasmund United Methodist Chidren's Home


Scapegoating can be a particularly insidious, vicious form of peer predation which is hard to recognize. It is often associated with ego deficiencies, so the expreession of feelings and perceptive supervision help to identify the problem. Then, addressing the social climate to reduce predation allows time to help both parties isentify their roles, improve their social competence, and mediate their identity concerns. The life-space interview is a valuable tool in this process.
How to Cite
Wasmund, W. (1990). Bearding the Goat- One View of Scapegoating. Journal of Child and Youth Care Work, 6, 18-27. Retrieved from