THE DUAL INFLUENCE OF STIGMA AND RELIGION ON QUALITY OF LIFE AMONG INDIVIDUALS LIVING WITH HIV INFECTION

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Dr. Wahida Anjum
Prof. Dr. Arab Naz
Ayesha Pervez
Mariam Khawar
Nimra Munawar

Keywords

Stigma, religion coping, quality of life, HIV Infection.

Abstract

This study investigated the relationship between HIV stigma, religious coping strategies, and quality of life in individuals living with HIV infection. A purposive sampling technique was used, and sample size (N = 125 with M = 32.12, SD =12.287) was calculated through an online G. Power calculator with a medium effect size on two-tailed with a 95 % confidence interval. A demographic information sheet, HIV Stigma scale, religious coping strategies questionnaire, and quality of life scale were used to collect the data. Reliability analysis showed that all measures have good to excellent levels of internal consistency. The results revealed a significant negative association between HIV stigma and quality of life, while religious coping strategies were positively related to quality of life. Personalized Stigma, religious coping, family system, and area were identified as predictors of quality of life. The findings have implications for understanding the cultural context in Pakistan. The study contributes to knowledge about factors affecting the quality of life of individuals living with HIV.

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