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.
The pupils were from 51 schools, spread across 10 boroughs (Brent, Croydon, Hackney, Hammersmith and Fulham, Haringey, Lambeth, Newham, Southwark, Waltham Forest and Wandsworth). These areas were selected to ensure that we have pupils from a range of ethnic backgrounds.
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 Caribbeans than among Whites.
We need to understand what causes these health differences in adulthood and at what age they begin to emerge.
We are studying whether experiences in adolescence can explain any of the ethnic differences in chronic disease in later life.
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.
DASH is funded by the Medical Research Council; a government-funded but independent body.
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