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Table 2 Exploratory factor analysis structure coefficients and extracted communalities for items assessed for the PozQoL scale

From: Development and validation of PozQoL: a scale to assess quality of life of PLHIV

Scale item Communalities (h2) Factor loadings (standardized coefficients)
1 2 3 4
Having HIV prevents me from doing what I want to do 0.78 0.88    
Managing HIV disrupts my life 0.74 0.87    
Managing HIV gets in the way of my everyday life 0.69 0.84    
I feel that HIV prevents me from doing as much as I would like 0.77 0.83    
Having HIV prevents me from doing things that are important to me 0.80 0.84    
Managing my health disrupts my life 0.72 0.83    
Managing HIV wears me out 0.70 0.82    
I feel that having HIV limits my capacity to fulfil the different roles I have in life 0.76 0.79    
Managing my health gets in the way of my everyday life 0.65 0.76    
Having HIV limits my opportunities in life 0.73 0.75    
I feel that HIV prevents me from living a normal life 0.81 0.74    
Managing HIV is a difficult thing in my life 0.64 0.65    
I feel that HIV limits my social life 0.67 0.63    
I feel that I am struggling with my health 0.62 0.51    
I worry about what people will think of me when they find out I have HIV 0.85   −0.89   
I worry about other people finding out I have HIV 0.74   −0.86   
I worry that people will treat me unfairly once they learn I have HIV 0.76   − 0.79   
I am afraid that people may reject me when they learn I have HIV 0.69   −0.77   
I feel ashamed of living with HIV 0.69   −0.73   
Having HIV makes me feel inferior to other people 0.63   −0.63   
I feel that HIV limits my personal relationships 0.60   −0.55   
I am happy with my life 0.80    0.93  
I am enjoying life 0.82    0.93  
I feel in control of my life 0.73    0.79  
I feel that I can deal with whatever comes my way 0.60    0.77  
I am optimistic about my future 0.61    0.77  
I feel good about myself as a person 0.68    0.77  
I worry about the impact of HIV on my health 0.83     0.80
I worry about my health getting worse 0.76     0.79
I fear the health effects of HIV as I get older 0.70     0.76
I worry about my health 0.73     0.63
  1. Items in bold are included in the final scale