In November 2013 DASH researchers presented two posters at the Lancet conference Public Health Science: A national conference dedicated to new research in public health.
The first presentation reported on the progress of the feasibility study and discussed the impact of different settings on participation, data quality and costs. We found that DASH participants have busy lives so offering a range of times and places to do the interviews, such as pharmacies and evening and weekend appointments, seemed to make it easier for people to take part. You can read the complete abstract which was published in the Lancet here and see the poster here.
The second presentation presented some of the findings from one-to-one interviews which have been conducted with a small group of DASH participants from different backgrounds. Many young adults across different ethnic groups are continuing to show good mental health, despite coming from deprived backgrounds. A sense of identity, attachment to family life, religious faith, career aspirations and familiar neighbourhoods all contributed to how well people coped with growing up in London. However many young adults reported problems finding work and difficult relationships with family. You can read the complete abstract here and see the poster here.
As we continue analysing findings from the feasibility study we will share more results with participants, the public and other researchers. Watch this space!