Funded by the Medical Research Council (a government-funded but independent body) the overall aim of DASH is to examine social and biological influences on the health of adolescents from different ethnic backgrounds in London. In 2003, over 6,500 pupils aged 11-13 years took part in the study.
In late 2005/early 2006, these pupils were followed-up to see whether their health and social circumstances had changed since the original study.
Why DASH is important
Some ethnic groups have above average levels of heart disease, high blood pressure and poor mental health in adulthood. For example, diabetes and high blood pressure are 2-3 times more common among Black Caribbean than among White people.
We need to understand what causes these health differences in adulthood and at what age they begin to emerge.
DASH examines how social (e.g. family life and school life) and biological (e.g. growth) factors influence the health (e.g. blood pressure, lung function, psychological well-being) of young people from different ethnic backgrounds.
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