Original ArticleMaternal filicide theoretical frameworkMugavin, Marie PhD, APRN-BCAuthor Information Assistant Professor, University of New Mexico, Health Sciences Center, College of Nursing, Albuquerque, New Mexico Correspondence Marie Mugavin, Assistant Professor, University of New Mexico, Health Sciences Center, College of Nursing, Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001. Tel: 505-272-0852; E-mail: [email protected] Journal of Forensic Nursing: June 2008 - Volume 4 - Issue 2 - p 68-79 Buy Abstract The maternal filicide theoretical framework (MFTF) was developed to enrich the understanding of how traumatic experiences during formative years can affect a woman's relationship with her own child. Exposure to a known set of vulnerabilities can foster triggers that predispose a woman to respond impulsively and violently toward her child. Comprehensive assessment of vulnerable families is essential for the prevention of fatal and nonfatal abuse. The MFTF may be applied to both crimes. © 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.