The Wikipedia article on scapegoating is rather thin on correlates, but has plenty of "pure" theories as to what causes scapegoating, not backed by much if any evidence, even correlational.

So what is known about the correlates of this behavior, and for starters personality, e.g. Big Five?

(Edit: Initially, I asked about other correlates too, but that's probably too broad for just one question.)

  • $\begingroup$ I feel this question is very broad. There are studies into possible scapegoating behaviour within companies in relation to organization performance issues etc. There are studies on scapegoating within gender prejudice, immigrant scapegoating studies, familial scapegoating studies, studies on scapegoating within sport .... the list goes on. Is there a particular social area of scapegoating you are wanting to look at? $\endgroup$ Commented Apr 19, 2020 at 13:26
  • $\begingroup$ @ChrisRogers: Yeah, I should probably split it in two or there separate q (pers / cross-cult/ combo [multi-factor] studies) since we have no q here about any of that. I'm a bit busy ATM though... Later today. $\endgroup$ Commented Apr 19, 2020 at 13:42
  • $\begingroup$ I think that even with your edit, your question is still very broad. (See my previous comment). What area of scapegoating are you wanting to examine? $\endgroup$ Commented Apr 21, 2020 at 13:49
  • $\begingroup$ @ChrisRogers: is there a reason to think personality correlates for scapegoating in sport would be different from personality correlates for scapegoating in immigrant studies? $\endgroup$ Commented Apr 23, 2020 at 2:10


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