“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.

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Published in International Journal on Disability and Human Development, v. 16, issue 4, p. 339-349.

©2017 Walter de Gruyter GmbH, Berlin/Boston.

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This research was financially supported by The Bao Bao Bear Care Foundation Limited.