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negative reinforcement (stuttering glossary)

An increase in the frequency of occurrence of a behavior when the behavior is instrumental in allowing escape from a noxious, unpleasant stimulus. Interrupter devices and other forms of tense escape behaviors are maintained by negative reinforcement.

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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