Studies exploring excessive Internet use and gambling are rapidly expanding concerns
regarding its impact on mental health, especially in young people due to the increased
prevalence of Internet and gambling addictions. Research suggests that perceived peer
support plays a significant role in adolescents' psychological well-being. However,
no empirical study has dealt with the mediating effect of perceived peer support on
the relationship between Internet and gambling addictions and psychological well-being.
Thus, the present study aimed to examine whether perceived peer support mediates the
relation between Internet and gambling addictions and psychological well-being of
adolescents. A sample of 347 Iranian adolescents aged 14 to 18 (Mean age 16.14, 50.4%
male) who were studying in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia participated in this study. Subjective
Vitality Scale (SVS), Compulsive Internet Use Scale (CIUS), Six-item Social Support
Questionnaire (SSQ6), and The South Oaks Gambling Screen (SOGS) were used to collect
data. Mediation analyses showed a significant indirect effect of compulsive Internet
use and problem gambling on psychological well-being through perceived peer support.
The total effects of compulsive Internet use and problem gambling on psychological
well-being were negative. This study implies the significance of strengthening the
knowledge about the impact of peer relationships among adolescents.