token economy


noun Psychiatry.

a method of encouraging desirable behavior, especially in a hospital setting, by offering rewards of token money that can be exchanged for special food, access to television, and other bonuses.

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Origin of token economy

First recorded in 1965–70
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British Dictionary definitions for token economy

token economy

noun

a type of psychotherapy in which the inmates of an institution are rewarded for good behaviour with tokens that can be exchanged for privileges
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