RELACHS is a unique school based epidemiological study of adolescents in East London that provides insights into many aspects of health and well-being of inner urban British adolescents, relevant to current national health policies and contributing to the 2012 London Olympic Health Legacy.
The young people (Year 7 and Year 9) who participate in RELACHS come from 3 boroughs of East London: Newham, Tower Hamlets and Hackney, all of which are very deprived by average UK standards. Around 73% of the young people in the cohort are from ethnic minorities, predominantly Bangladeshi, Black African, Black Caribbean, Indian or Pakistani.
RELACHS therefore provides a fascinating and unique picture of life and health for young people in London’s multi-cultural inner city covering a spectrum of mental and physical health, life expectations, social and environmental issues; protective and risk factors for sexual behaviours and attitudes linked with teenage pregnancy.
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