What is the DASH study?
We are interested in how different aspects of life, such as physical growth and family life, affect the health of young people from different ethnic backgrounds.
DASH began in 2002/2003. Over 6,500 young people aged 11-13 years took part from 51 schools spread across 10 London boroughs (Brent, Croydon, Hackney, Hammersmith & Fulham, Haringey, Lambeth, Newham, Southwark, Waltham Forest and Wandsworth). These areas were selected to ensure that young people from a range of ethnic backgrounds were included.
In 2005/ 2006, we went back to the schools to see if there had been any changes in the health and well-being of those young people, then aged 14-16.
In 2010 we started getting in touch with people who had taken part in the first two waves of DASH when they were at school to try and find as many as possible. In 2012 we began a feasibility study to see how best to follow up participants as young adults. The feasibility study finished at the end of March 2014 and over 650 participants, now aged 21-23, were seen. The results are now being analysed.
You can click on the following links to find out more:
Findings -see what we found out in the first two waves of DASH
Questionnaires and Measurements - see how we collected the information
Ethics - learn more about how we protect your confidentiality
Participant Advisory Group - find out about our new advisory group made up of researchers and participants
DASH research team - meet the researchers
We also happy to answer any questions you have about the study so click here to leave us your queries, views and comments.