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As the AIDS epidemic has unfolded, it has caused adverse psychosocial and economic consequences, disrupting the personal and familial lives of the infected individuals and society in general. The present study attempted to study the relationship between schemas and the quality of life among HIV individuals. The study also incorporated the role of social connectedness as a mediator. For data collection, HIV patients (n = 30) were taken using convenient sampling from the specialized HIV clinic in Rahimyar Khan, Pakistan. The information was gathered using the Urdu versions of the following standardized instruments: the Schema Mode Inventory, the WHOQOL-HIV BREF, and the Social Connectedness Scale-Revised. The results showed a strong relationship between individuals’ schemas and their quality of life. Maladaptive schemas negatively predict the quality of life, while social connectedness positively predicts the quality of life, and maladaptive schemas negatively predict social connectedness. The mediation analysis established that social connectedness fully mediates the relationship between self-esteem and social anxiety. The study also provided an understanding of the positive role of social connectedness as a mediator in enhancing the quality of life of HIV patients.


HIV-AIDS quality of life schema social connectedness

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Rabia Javed Bhatti, Department of Applied Psychology, The Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Bahawalpur, Pakistan

Rabia Javed Bhatti is a Ph.D. scholar at the Department of Applied Psychology, the Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Pakistan. She has presented her work at national and international conferences and has two publications, with many more in the pipeline. Her research area includes clinical psychology, addiction treatment, and cognitive behavioral therapy-based interventions. She can be contacted at

Samar Fahd, Department of Applied Psychology, The Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Bahawalpur, Pakistan

Samar Fahd is an assistant professor at the Department of Applied Psychology, The Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Pakistan. She has attended many conferences and has conducted different national and international conferences. She has presented her intellectual work on different platforms. She is also the Director of the Enabling center for providing different psychological services and training for students. She is also supervising students at M.Phil. and Ph.D. levels. She has been selected as a syndicate member at the university. She can be contacted at

How to Cite
Javed Bhatti, R., & Fahd, S. (2022). The relationship between schemas and quality of life of HIV patients: Role of social connectedness as a mediator. INSPIRA: Indonesian Journal of Psychological Research, 3(2), 63-70.


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