REINFORCING CAUSE By N., Pam M.S. - April 28, 2013 Any circumstance which tends to perpetuate healthy or maladaptive behaviors in a subject. Typically used in correlation with negative consequences. REINFORCING CAUSE: "Sexual abuse was a reinforcing cause of her psychological condition." Related Psychology Terms REINFORCEMENT SURVEY SCHEDULE CORRELATION MATRIX CATASTROPHIZE REPLACEMENT THERAPY REALITY CONFRONTATION ARGUMENT FRAMING REEDUCATION COVERT NEGATIVE REINFORCEMENT MAINTAINING CAUSE TRANSGENERATIONAL PATTERNS Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "REINFORCING CAUSE," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 28, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/reinforcing-cause/ (accessed November 13, 2020).