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MRC Social and Public Health Sciences Unit Website

Determinants of Adolescent Social well-being and Health: a school-based survey of young people from different ethnic groups in London Website

Public Health Research Consortium Website

The prevalence of childhood obesity is greater in some ethnic minority groups. Findings from the MRC DASH (Determinants of Adolescent Social Well-being and Health) study provide important clues on the potentially modifiable mechanisms, notably parental and adolescent health-related behaviours and family life. The principal objectives of phase 1 of the DEAL study was to identify the content of potentially acceptable components of child- and parent-based interventions to reduce risk factors for childhood and adolescent obesity among ethnic minorities. We explored whether a population approach (using schools) or a targeted approach (using places of worship) was better at engaging children and parents. We used qualitative methods to explore what children, parents, teachers and religious leaders thought hinder and promote engagement with healthy eating and active living. We also tested the feasibility of potential measures and interventions to identify how they work and potential barriers in relation to age, gender and ethnicity. The findings from this phase 1 of DEAL signalled the need for a complex approach to accommodate diverse cultural frameworks that guide everyday life. Schools might provide better opportunities than places of worship for the delivery and evaluation of childhood obesity interventions but the sustainability of behaviour change in the long-term is more likely if there is culturally focused support for families from their communities. This study will enhance policy initiatives for school children from culturally diverse backgrounds to engage in healthy living strategies. A proposal for the next phase, an exploratory trial, is in preparation.


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