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escape behaviors

The behavioral reactions of a stutterer to release, interrupt or otherwise escape from a moment of stuttering. Since escape behaviors allow release from the unpleasant, aversive or noxious stimulus of stuttering, they are negatively reinforced and tend to persist.

Definition reprinted with permission from Hood, Stephen B. (editor) available from Stuttering Foundation of America: Stuttering Words (Publication No 2: Speech Foundation of America)

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