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Using ecSI 2.0 and sDOR.2-6y

Using the Satter Inventories: ecSI 2.0TM  and sDOR.2-6yTM

The Satter inventories measure the social, emotional, and relational aspects of feeding and eating. Rather than addressing what and/or how much individuals eat, they query eating attitudes and behaviors and the feeding relationship between parent and child. Studies show that positive eating and feeding as measured by the Satter inventories correlate with superior nutritional and wellness indicators.

The Satter Eating Competence Inventory (ecSI 2.0TM)

ecSI 2.0TM is a copyrighted, validated instrument for assessing adult Eating Competence as defined by the Satter Eating Competence Model.1 ecSI 2.0TM has been validated in English and in other languages for all income groups. It has test-retest reliability so it can be used before, during, and after intervention. The 16 items on ecSI 2.0TM  address each of four ecSatter factors: eating attitudes (I am comfortable with my enjoyment of food and eating), food acceptance (I experiment with new food and learn to like it), food regulation (I eat as much as I am hungry for), and contextual skills (I make time to eat).

sDOR.2-6y TM

sDOR.2-6y TM  is a copyrighted, validated instrument that assesses parent adherence to the Satter Division of Responsibility in Feeding with children from ages two to six years. It has test-retest reliability so it can be used before, during, and after intervention.2 The 12 items on sDOR.2-6y TM  address parent leadership with feeding (My family has meals at about the same times every day), and child autonomy with eating (I let my child eat until s/he stops eating and doesn’t want to eat any more).

Get permission for usage

Usage of each of the Satter inventories clinically and in education and research is available without charge by permission from the RIT NEEDs Center. See Research guidelines on the right. 

ecSI 2.0TM

sDOR.2-6y TM  


Both inventories have been translated into other languages. Making application for usage gives access to the translations. See Translation guidelines on the right.


  1. Lohse B. The Satter Eating Competence Inventory for Low-income persons is a valid measure of Eating Competence for persons of higher socioeconomic position. Appetite. 2015;87:223-228.
  2. Lohse B, Satter E. Use of an observational comparative strategy demonstrated construct validity of a measure to assess adherence to the Satter Division of Responsibility in Feeding. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2021;121:1143-1156.e6.



Research guidelines

You may use ecSI 2.0TM and sDOR.2-6y TM in research, but you must first apply and get permission from the NEEDs Center. Permission is given to research projects that contribute toward developing and examining the instrument and furthering the study of the eating competence construct. The research design must be Human Subjects approved. To gain permission, see Using ecSI 2.0TM or Using sDOR.2-6yTM on the NEEDs Center website.

Translation guidelines

We encourage you to translate ecSI 2.0TM and/or sDOR.2-6y TM  to other languages, and we will work with you to approve your translation. For translation guidelines and to set up the process for us to work with you on your translation, see Using ecSI 2.0TM or Using sDOR.2-6yTM on the NEEDs Center website


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