Date of Thesis

Spring 2021


As HIV becomes a chronic illness, we are more concerned with the health-related quality of life (HRQOL) for people living with HIV (PLWH). In this study, we are interested in how the change in employment status impacts PLWH's HRQOL, which is usually impacted by different social determinants of health. The U.S. Department of Labor has suggested PLWH consider their individual strengths and barriers in different phases when making employment decisions. Previous research has also suggested that the impact of social determinants of health on HRQOL differs in different working phases for PLWH so the present study investigates the classification of PLWH into different working phases, and then examines on how social determinants of health influence HRQOL in each of the phases.


HIV, quality of life, factor analysis, structural equation modeling

Access Type

Honors Thesis (Bucknell Access Only)

Degree Type

Bachelor of Science



Minor, Emphasis, or Concentration

Computer Science

First Advisor

KB Boomer

Second Advisor

Owais Gilani