This paper reviews life control and relating factors in young men on the basis of information which was gathered from questionnaires The information shows that factors such as self-evaluated state of health, health behaviour, stress, economical situation and education are connected with life control It was not possible to make conclusions concerning causality, with most of the variables, the connection worked both ways Self-evaluated state of health was the most important factor relating to life control Consideration has to be given to whether it is worthwhile trying to influence particular habits through health education Future studies might concentrate on factors influencing the ability of individuals to control their lives and to reach reasonable decisions concerning their health and lives