Dreams, aspirations and related behavior in children and adolescents: Impacts on child developmental outcomes

Ka Yu Florence Wu, Tan Lei Shek, Hildie Leung

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"Dreams", "aspirations" and related constructs are traditionally regarded as facilitators of adolescent educational attainment in the Chinese context. Besides, there is an emergent need to widen the understanding of such constructs and their impact on children and adolescent developmental outcomes. This paper discusses the developmental outcomes of dreams, aspiration and related concepts based on a thorough review of the literature. Besides outlining the impacts of aspirations, dreams and related constructs on children and adolescents, features of related intervention programs, including themes of the intervention programs, program participants, methods of implementation and evaluation in both Western and Chinese contexts are also documented.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)339-349
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal on Disability and Human Development
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017


  • adolescents
  • aspirations
  • children
  • developmental outcomes
  • dreams
  • intervention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Sensory Systems
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Advanced and Specialised Nursing
  • Speech and Hearing

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