secondary gain


noun Psychiatry.

any advantage, as increased attention, disability benefits, or release from unpleasant responsibilities, obtained as a result of having an illness (distinguished from primary gain).

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Medicine definitions for secondary gain

secondary gain

n.

Interpersonal or social advantages gained indirectly from organic illness, such as an increase in attention from others.
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