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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). Unabridged
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  • Dovers argues that the trial court erred in allowing the appellees to introduce testimony regarding secondary gain.
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secondary gain in Medicine

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

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