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    Culturally Grounded Scapegoating in Response to Illness and the COVID-19 Pandemic
    with Isaac F. Young, Jialin Wan, and Daniel Sullivan
    Frontiers in Psychology 12. 2021.
    For years, violence against doctors and healthcare workers has been a growing social issue in China. In a recent series of studies, we provided evidence for a motivated scapegoating account of this violence. Specifically, individuals who feel that the course of their illness is a threat to their sense of control are more likely to express motivation to aggress against healthcare providers. Drawing on existential theory, we propose that blaming and aggressing against a single individual represent…Read more