For many years, burn professionals have attempted to assess the outcomes of different types of burn injury and the factors that are related to good patterns of coping with the aftermath of thermal injury. Most writers have attempted to use objective criteria such as return to work or preexisting psychologic problems (e.g., alcoholism) in determining the success of rehabilitation, but much controversy over the forms of assessment persists. It is agreed that antisocial personality, organic brain syndromes, and lack of social support all undermine good recovery for patients with burns. The authors have attempted to look at the subjective side of the patient's adjustment by providing representative examples of several types of burn adjustment in terms of personality features, all of which would tend to complement other approaches. The use of denial, the ways in which hostility is managed by the patient, and how he or she uses key persons in the environment are examined. The cognitive, emotional (affective), and behavioral styles of patients are examined as part of this pilot study of cluster patterns or types of adjustment.