From February 2017, information about the work of the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow is available and updated on the University of Glasgow website.

Social circumstances and health over the life course

A major effort focus on DASH studies that cover adolescent and young adulthood years. DASH is a study of a multiethnic adolescent cohort in London which investigates social and biological influences on ethnic differences in health and well-being in adolescence. It will provide important insights into the long term impact of these exposures in adolescence and the patterning of ethnic differences in health in later life. Children were aged 11-13 years old at the start of the study in 2003, and were followed up at ages 14-16 years in 2005/06. A postal survey in 2010/2011 (when the cohort will be 19-21y) is planned to allow investigation of stability and change in putative causal processes such as family life, neighbourhoods, peer relations and SEC on self reported health measures; establish how many respondents can be traced; and to establish the best method for the collection of physical and biological measurements in a feasibility study prior to a subsequent face to face follow-up.

We complement the DASH studies with other studies using national surveys to allow conceptualisation of exposures and health over the life span. We examine the impact of family life (parenting style, social support), socio-economic circumstances and neighbourhood environments on developmental trajectories (physical, emotional and cognitive) of children. Key influences across the life course, such as length of schooling, type of first occupation, family wealth and assets, vary by ethnicity but how they relate to health at older ages in minority groups is generally unknown. We examine ethnic differences in health in the UK of those 50years+ in relation to life course trajectories.

Publications

2012

Astell-Burt T, Maynard MJ, Lenguerrand E, Harding S. Racism, ethnic density and psychological well-being through adolescence: evidence from the Determinants of Adolescent Social well-being and Health longitudinal study. Ethnicity & Health [special issue: ethnic inequalities in mental health status and care] 2012;17:71-87

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Bhui K, Harding S. Editors' foreword to special issue: ethnic inequalities in mental health status and care - unravelling the determinants and consequences. Ethnicity & Health 2012;17:1-2

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Bhui K, Lenguerrand E, Maynard MJ, Stansfeld S, Harding S. Does cultural integration explain a mental health advantage for adolescents?. International Journal of Epidemiology 2012;41:791-802

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Teyhan A. The impact of neighbourhood and school environments on ethnic differences in body size in adolescence [PhD], MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow 2012.

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2011

Akinwale B, Lynch K, Wiggins R, Harding S, Bartley M, Blane D. Work, permanent sickness and mortality risk: a prospective cohort study of England and Wales, 1971-2006. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 2011;65:786-92

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Harding S, Maynard MJ, Adamson A, Anderson AA, Mutrie N, Petticrew M, Baker G, Rawlins E. Final report: obesity in ethnic minority children and adolescents - developing acceptable parent and child-based interventions in schools and places of worship – the MRC DiEt and Active Living (DEAL) study. London, 2011

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2010

Harding S, Whitrow M, Lenguerrand E, Maynard MJ, Teyhan A, Cruickshank K, Der G. Emergence of ethnic differences in blood pressure in adolescence: the Determinants of Adolescent Social Well-being and Health study. Hypertension 2010;55:1063-9

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Maynard MJ, Harding S. Ethnic differences in psychological well-being in adolescence in the context of time spent in family activities. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology 2010;45:115-23

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Maynard MJ, Harding S. Perceived parenting and psychological well-being in UK ethnic minority adolescents. Child: Care, Health and Development 2010;36:630-8

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Whitrow M, Harding S. Asthma in Black African, Black Caribbean and South Asian adolescents in the MRC DASH study: a cross sectional analysis. BMC Pediatrics 2010;10:18

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Whitrow MJ, Harding S, Maynard M. The influence of parental smoking and family type on saliva cotinine in UK ethnic minority children: a cross sectional study. BMC Public Health 2010;10:262

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2009

Maynard MJ, Baker G, Rawlins E, Harding S. Developing obesity prevention interventions among minority ethnic children in schools and places of worship: the DEAL (DiEt and Active Living) study. BMC Public Health 2009;9:480

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2008

Harding S, Maynard MJ, Cruickshank K, Teyhan A. Overweight, obesity and high blood pressure in an ethnically diverse sample of adolescents in Britain: the Medical Research Council DASH study. International Journal of Obesity 2008;32:82-90

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Harding S, Teyhan A, Maynard M, Cruickshank J K. Ethnic differences in overweight and obesity in early adolescence in the MRC DASH study: the role of adolescent and parental lifestyle. International Journal of Epidemiology 2008;37:162-172

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Whitrow M J, Harding S. Ethnic difference in adolescent lung function: anthropometric, socioeconomic, psychosocial factors. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine 2008;177:1262-7

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2007

Harding S, Whitrow M, Maynard MJ, Teyhan A. Cohort profile: the DASH (Determinants of Adolescent Social well-being and Health) Study, an ethnically diverse cohort. International Journal of Epidemiology 2007;36:512-517

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Maynard MJ, Harding S, Minnis H. Psychological well-being in Black Caribbean, Black African, and White adolescents in the UK Medical Research Council DASH study. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology 2007;42:759-769

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2006

Harding S, Maynard M, Cruickshank K, Gray L. Anthropometry and blood pressure differences in Black Caribbean, African, South Asian and White adolescents: the MRC DASH study. Journal of Hypertension 2006;24:1507-1514

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